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Pro-Choice SD celebrates Roe v. Wade 40th anniversary

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It's been 40 years since the Supreme Court ruled that a woman has the right to have an abortion if she so chooses.

Saturday night in Rapid City Pro – Choice South Dakota celebrated the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade; the case that resulted in the Supreme Court's landmark decision.

On January 22, 1973 the Supreme Court ruled it was a woman's choice to have an abortion in a 7 to 2 decision.

Members of the Pro-Choice organization shared personal testimony from both the pre-Roe and post- Roe perspectives.

"We just think it's so important for individual women to speak out and share their stories, I think that's what resonates with people. There are consistent attacks on the right to choose and abortion services in South Dakota at pretty much every legislative session. I think it's important for the legislators and the public to recognize how important this right is for women," said Alisha Sedor, Executive Director of Pro-Choice South Dakota.

Voters in South Dakota have rejected bans on abortion twice in recent years.

And last year a law requiring abortion patients to wait 72 hours and endure a lecture at an anti-choice "crisis pregnancy center" before getting an abortion has been tied up in court.

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