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Nearly 40 years after Roe v. Wade decision many still protest

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Tuesday marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Decades later, the issue is still a controversial one and brought dozens of Eastern Iowans to the streets Sunday to protest that decision.

Eight-year-old Emily Lagrange has always known she was adopted. Her parents tell her she and her brothers are gifts.

"It's a lot better than having a baby on your own because you get to pick who you want," said Emily.

"You're giving a child life, you're giving them a chance to do things that would have ended through an abortion," said Erin Lagrange, Emily's mother.

That's why the Lagranges are against abortion. They were two of the more than 50 people who joined up for the March for Life in Cedar Rapids Sunday afternoon. It's an annual event hosted by the Coalition for Life of Iowa to mark the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling which legalized abortion on January 22, 1973.

"We feel it's so important to stand up for the unborn, the most vulnerable, the babies," said Sue Martinek, Coalition for Life of Iowa President.

Carrying signs, the marchers walked about a mile from St. Matthew's Church to Planned Parenthood where they pulled out their rosaries and prayed.

"It's just not right," said Martinek.  "It's like a modern day Holocaust.

"Even though you may not agree with a woman's decision to end her pregnancy, the majority of Americans support and respect that each woman should be able to make her own decision about her pregnancy," said Jill June, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, in a written statement. 

The AMericans who marched Sunday believe that through prayer they can end legal abortions because they want kids like Emily to get a chance to live.

Friday there will be a national March for Life at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

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