On the eve of Roe vs. Wade anniversary, a 'memorial for the unborn' gets planted in Largo
(January 21, 2016) Debi Vinnedge of Largo secures a wooden cross in the lawn at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Largo while working on the church's Respect Life Ministries' Memorial for the Unborn, which is placed each year before the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the landmark United States Supreme Court case on abortion. On January 22, 1973, the court ruled 7-2 that a right to privacy under the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment extended to a woman's decision to have an abortion, but that this right must be balanced against the state's two legitimate interests in regulating abortions: protecting women's health and protecting the potentiality of human life. The controversial decision prompted a national debate that continues today and has divided much of the United States into two camps when it comes to the topic of abortion. According to the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg, 285 youth and chaperones from ten different Tampa Bay area parishes and schools are leaving today to join the hundreds of thousands of people expected to participate in the March for Life, the annual rally protesting abortion, held each year in Washington, D.C., on the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision.
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Times staff writer Tim Rozgonyi contributed to this report.