DALLAS — North Texans gathered in prayer and protest Saturday to mark the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in the landmark Roe v. Wade case that resulted in legalized abortions.
Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas and Bishop-elect Michael Olson of Fort Worth took part in the Roe Memorial Mass in Dallas. Attendees were urged to dress in "pro-life blue."
"I come to stand for all those who can't speak for themselves," April Thompson said as she marched.
The high court's 7-2 Roe v. Wade decision affirmed the legality of a woman's right to have an abortion under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.
News 8 received this statement from NARAL Pro-Choice Texas:
"We respect their right to express their belief. However we strongly believe that every person should have the right to make their own personal private medical decision."
On Saturday, a lot of churches urged members to join the march through downtown Dallas.
"I see all the people in front of me and behind, me and we all stand for the same thing — and that's that we all deserve a chance," Matt Yon said.
The message to defend life even extended beyond busy, noisy streets to a much quieter mass at the Dallas Convention Center.
On Friday, a federal judge struck down a North Carolina law requiring women who want an abortion to have an ultrasound examination; she ruled it a violation of constitutional rights.
The law requires the medical provider to describe the image to the woman, which the judge said is a free speech violation.
"Their goal is to make as much money as possible, and they're going to lose half their business if they have to tell women: 'Look at the ultrasound if you want to, and I'll show you your kid sucking his thumb,'" said Republican North Carolina State Rep. Paul Stam.
"It's really about shaming a woman who's seeking to exercise her constitutional rights," argued Chris Brooks, the legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina.
This law also would have required a 24-hour waiting period before a woman could get an abortion.
Texas is one of three states with an abortion law similar to North Carolina's. It went into effect two years ago.
The Texas law requires women to have a sonogram, listen to a description of the fetus and listen to the heartbeat.
The procedure must be performed 24 hours before an abortion can take place.