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Western New Yorkers remember 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade

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BUFFALO, N.Y. --- Tuesday night dozens of people said their rosaries inside of St. Michael's Church in Buffalo. For about an hour they recited the "Hail Mary."

"She was a pregnant woman who saw her pregnancy through to the birth of her child," said Father Ron Sams of St. Michael's Church.

Among the pro-life activists at St. Michael's Church was CeCe Pierce. She's has been fighting legalized abortion since the landmark Roe v Wade decision was handed down in 1973.

"How can you give up your children and how can you not allow these children to be born," Pierce said.

"Americans do not want politicians involved in that decision making process and I think that's what's most important," said Karen Nelson of Planned Parenthood.

Supporters of the right to choose used the anniversary as a chance to call more people to action.

"We're trying to bring in new volunteers that can mix and mingle with old volunteers who have a long history with the abortion movement and the Planned Parenthood movement," Nelson said.

Planned Parenthood is trying to capitalize on momentum to help pass new laws giving women in New York more protections.

"The majority of American strongly support access to safe and legal abortions," said Betsy Harned with Planned Parenthood.

According to a recent Wall Street Journal and NBC News Poll 70 percent of Americans believe Roe v. Wade should stand.

"I think the American public spoke loud and clearly during the election process, showed they are not going to stand for any compromises having to do with women's health," Nelson said.

But CeCe Pierce is not giving up and is planning to head to Washington in a few days.

"We will go and we will visit our representatives and ask them to please reconsider. We will make it known that this is very important," Pierce said.

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