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Half a million people marched on Washington D.C. today to protest the Roe v. Wade abortion decision of 1973.

And right here, locals are standing up both against abortion, and supporting a woman's right to choose.

While pro-life groups seem to have the louder voice in North Dakota, there are still some pro-choice advocates in the state. They say the issue are about women's personal rights.

From seven years after the Roe v. Wade decision, to 41. The outfits may have changed, but the message is the same.

"Can it be a personal human right to kill another innocent person?" says Cathedral's Bishop Kagan. 

Pro-life supporters marched on the steps of the Capitol on Sunday to protest Roe v. Wade, just days before the anniversary on January 22.

But anti-abortion advocates aren't the only ones talking about the monumental supreme court decision. Pro-choice supporters want their voices heard, too.

"We talk a lot, particularly from my side of the aisle, about individual rights, individual freedoms. Well, when it comes to women's health, that seems to go away. And I am hopeful, I'm always hopeful, that we can move forward from this, and allow people to make decisions that are personal decisions in a personal manner," says Representative, Kathy Hawken. 

But there's still a debate about what "personal decisions" actually means.

"When someone says, 'I'm for personal choice for women,' I have to always ask, 'What are you telling women they have the right to choose? Death?' How can that be good for our society?" says Kagan.

And with a controversial measure heading to the ballot this November in North Dakota voters will get to decide how far they can stretch the Roe v. Wade outcome.

"There's a lot of conversation about pro-life. I don't know anyone that's pro-abortion. People are pro-life. But we can't judge where another human being is and I wish that our legislature would come to that realization," says Hawken.

There is only one abortion clinic in the entire state.

There are no pro-choice events going on tonight in North Dakota, but the Catholic Diocese of Bismarck is holding a pro-life mass here at St. Mary's Church at 7 p.m.

 

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