"Roe v. Wade" - 41 Years Later

More than four decades after the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision, abortion is still one of the most contentious debates here in Texas, Lubbock included.

by Victoria Price

LUBBOCK, TX -- Thousands of demonstrators descended on Washington D.C. today, in what's called the "March of Life." It's an annual protest against Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in 1973.

Back here at home, the abortion debate in Texas is one of the most contentious in the country.

"It's incredibly frustrating, for women," says Angela Martinez, the former director of Planned Parenthood of Lubbock. "Especially for women in Texas right now."

No abortions have been performed in Lubbock since last fall, when the city's only Planned Parenthood clinic closed down. And because of new state regulations passed last year, West Texas women are forced to travel to Dallas for the procedure.

"I think it's sad that there's no longer a clinic here," Martinez says. "Because we didn't only see women from Lubbock. We saw women from Amarillo, Midland-Odessa...now they're having to drive six hours."

But not everyone was sad to see Planned Parenthood go. The Nurturing Center, just next door, used to protest outside the clinic once a week.

"This marks the 41st anniversary of the [Roe v. Wade] decision, and that's 41 years too many," according to Krysten Haga, one of the Center's board members and local pro-life advocate. "That's 56 million lives lost."

And with Texas still engaged in a lawsuit over the legality of their stricter abortion rules -- 41 years later, Roe v. Wade is just as relevant today.

"41 years from now, I honestly believe there will not be abortions," Haga says.

Martinez, however, has a different outlook.

"I'm hoping that clinics will reopen, laws will get overturned and people will open their minds."

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