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Health officials: Education is key on Roe vs. Wade anniversary

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Forty years ago today, the Supreme Court decided the roe versus wade case, which gave women the right to have an abortion. Here in East Texas, health officials say education about abortion is essential.

"It's a very personal and private decision and the Supreme Court kind of stepped in," said Scott Tatum, Attorney.

 In a 7-2 vote the Supreme Court ruled a woman has a right to an abortion.    

Since the court case 40 years ago there have been an estimated 55 million abortions, that averages to about 3,800 a day."

"Its hard to imagine a more personal decision, some people are uncomfortable with abortion being legal and some people are very uncomfortable with state and the government stepping in," said Tatum.

 Lisa Quattrini is four months pregnant and believes women should have a choice. But she says she recognizes the importance of every life.

"I feel its very important to protect life, it's a complicated issue and we have the opportunity to say I have the right to control my body, I think that's something that wouldn't happen without the case," said Quattrini.

Pregnancy help center Executive Director Paula Havard says she had an abortion at 19. She says many women make the decision without understanding the consequences.

Since the women have the choice, Havard believes they should make it an educated one.

In one hand we say its ok to have an abortion but in the other hand we say when you make that choice you made your bed you lay in it. There is help, there is hope," said Havard.

 In recognition of the Roe vs Wade anniversary, the Pregnancy Help Center of Lufkin is hosting a screening of "October Baby".

Admission is free, Friday night at the pines theater

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