Valley residents recognize Roe v. Wade anniversary

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- Four decades after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that abortion is a constitutional right, the topic is still a contentious debate.

Saturday marked the 41st anniversary of the decision, and Valley residents recognized it in different ways.

Pro-lifers held a leadership conference at the Simon and Jude Cathedral in Phoenix.

Pro-life advocate Mike Phelan called Roe v. Wade a tragic decision.

"In much of our country, the unborn have no right to life," he said. "That's what Roe v. Wade brought into our country."

Meanwhile, pro-choicers prepared to battle state lawmakers.

"It's going to be difficult through the legislation process for folks who support our views," pro-choice advocate Kat Sabine said. "We support IVF (a method of assisted reproductive technology). We support access to safe and legal abortion. We support birth control and we support medically accurate sex education."