Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on January 21, 2013 @ 12:05AM
Created on January 20, 2013 @ 7:23PM
Sunday afternoon the West Virginian for Life Organization had their Annual Pro-Life Educational Event at the Bridgeport Conference Center. 2013 marks 40th anniversary since abortion was made legal for all nine months of pregnancy.
Members of West Virginia for Life called Sunday's Event 40 years of Roe. Since the case back in 1973 was Roe vs. Wade. Organizers are also referring to it as the nations tragic experiment.
"40th anniversary which means it's been 40 years and plenty of time for us to evaluate the effects that this experiment has had on America. I think what we are finding, is that the research shows that abortion does a great deal of damage," said Wonda Franz, Ph.D. Franz is the President of West Virginia for Life.
Throughout the event there were many speakers talking about the effects of abortion on different areas of life. One of the main topics was the economic impact abortion can have.
"The problems the United States and the countries around the world are having are financing social security, Medicare, and other retirement programs. Also a general slowdown in economic growth that results in a loss in the youth labor force," said Laura Hussy, Ph.D.
One of the other main issues was the psychological impact.
"Overall the pattern of data is suggesting that about 20% of women have very serious adverse consequences and that might take the form of depression or anxiety. There's an increased risk of suicide and then there's some interactive behaviors that can compromise relationships," said Priscilla Coleman, Ph.D.
Te main goal of this event was just to educate people on the risk of abortion.
"My hope is that this information will go from the academic journals to the public and women will be counciled so they can make a decision that's appropriate," said Coleman.
5 News went out to see the other side of the spectrum, Pro-Choice. Unfortunately no one wanted to go on camera, but they still shared their thoughts.
One woman said, "I understand the evidence of abortion being bad for someone, but it's ultimately their choice. There are many reasons why people have abortions and it's their right to do it.
Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice is a very controversial issue so 5 News would like to know what you think. Leave your thoughts on the comments section of this story.
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