Abortion Proponents, Foes Mark 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade


Abortion opponents marched Jan. 19 in Boise, Coeur dAlene, Moscow and Sandpoint.
  • George Prentice
  • Abortion opponents marched Jan. 19 in Boise, Coeur d'Alene, Moscow and Sandpoint.

Forty years later, the debate over Roe v. Wade still rages—perhaps greater than ever.

Hundreds of men, women and children marched through downtown Boise Jan. 19 to voice their opposition to the 1973 Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision, joining similar Idaho protests in Coeur d'Alene, Moscow and Sandpoint.

The Boise march followed a so-called "Life Mass" at St. John's Cathedral. The annual march takes place each year near the anniversary of the ruling that made abortion legal in the United States.

Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest will hold its own event on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Beside Bardenay, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

In 1965, illegal abortions made up nearly one-fifth of pregnancy- and birth-related deaths. PPGNW says today, less than 0.3 percent of women undergoing legal abortions sustain a serious complication.

A 2012 Gallup Poll indicatd that 77 percent of Americans think abortion should remain legal in some or all circumstances.