Pro-Life Rally Marks 40th Anniversary Of Roe V. Wade In Topeka

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Hundreds of Kansans took to the statehouse steps Tuesday for a pro-life rally on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. While the Supreme Court's historic decision legalized abortion, the issue is still controversial across the country.

Pro-life advocate Rebekah Weber, like many others, has a personal story to share on the national issue.

"One of my brothers, Billy, he has down syndrome," said Weber, a middle school religion teacher. "And statistically nine out of 10, I think it's close to 98 percent of women who find out they have a child with downs in their womb, or may have a child with downs in their womb, abort."

Weber was one of the hundreds at the statehouse Tuesday to rally against the Supreme Court's decision to label abortion as a constitutional right.

"You know it was 40 years ago today and so I want my children not to be born into the same situation," said Weber. "I want them to not have to march to know that life is defended."

While Roe v. Wade made abortion into a federal issue, Governor Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) argues that it should be something decided at the state level.

"It took the issue away from the states, it federalized it," said Brownback "And I think this is one that's a classic one that could be better handled for individual states to decide."

Brownback has signed various pro-life bills into law. However, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri maintains that women should have a choice.

"We are optimistic that public support is growing for the notion that abortion is a deeply personal decision, it is often complex, and people realize that access to abortion remain for those who need it," said Brownlie.

For Weber, the commitment to pro-life policies remains rooted in her brother's life.

"Some people think that they are the judges of quality of life," said Weber. And I just think that's unfortunate because I think looking at my own brother, he has a wonderful life."