January 21 marks 34 years since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion. In East Tennessee and throughout the country, thousands gathered in protest, a ritual they call the March for Life.
Volunteer TV's Jessa Goddard reports on the commemoration, a generation after the ruling.
"This is not about the Catholics, the Methodists or the Baptists. This is a human right issue and every child -- whether they're handicapped, or whatever. They all have a right to life," said Corette McGraw. Since the Roe v. Wade decision 34 years ago, approximately 15,00 abortions have been performed in Tennessee each year. But Bishop Joseph Kurtz of the Catholic Diocese of Knoxville says since that decision there has been a slow, but growing movement among Americans to choose life.
"People who actively call themselves pro-life now are between 45 and 50 percent," the Bishop said, "That was a decade ago 30 percent."
Today, Tennessee right to life hosted the 2007 March for Life to coincide with the one taking place in Washington, D.C. tomorrow.
It began with a prayer service, and led to a march which began at Calvary Baptist Church and took pro-life advocates through Tyson Park.
"I'm amazed at the number of people, especially given the weather," McGraq remarked, "I think we rival a Tennessee football game!"
Mcgraw says abortion remains a hot button issue for Americans, because it's one they had no say in and one that ultimately took away the right to life of an entire class of people, unborn children. That is why they march today.
"Rain or shine, these unborn children don't have that option," she concluded. "They'll never be able to feel the rain on their heads. They'll never be able to feel the wind on their feet. So, this is a great opportunity for us to march in their honor."
That was Volunteer TV's Jessa Goddard. We've tried to reach East Tennessee chapter's of Planned Parenthood for its reaction on today's march, and its view on the abortion battle in 2007. So far our calls haven't been returned.