GREEN BAY - Tuesday marked the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision on abortion.
Roe v. Wade, as it is known, established what the court called the fundamental right of a woman to have an abortion.
Debate on legal, moral and religious grounds continues to this day.
But what about the future of Roe v. Wade in Wisconsin?
It's only the second time Bev Searl has talked about it in public.
"My boyfriend took control, made the arrangements, took me to the clinic. It's just like a fog in my memory," said Bev Searl, pro-life supporter.
Three decades ago, Searl had an abortion.
"Whether it happened 30 minutes ago, or 30 years ago, the pain and the hurt, guilt and remorse of an abortion stay with you," said Searl.
Searl and others told their stories in Bellevue at a pro-life event marking the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
When it comes to pro-choice, Planned Parenthood Wisconsin consults 80,000 patients a year. Leaders say 2% of those cases end in abortion.
"I really believe the majority of the people in Wisconsin have come to agreement on this issue, and believe that abortion is a complicated decision for a woman, and ultimately, it's not a politician's job to make that decision. A woman needs to decide by consultation with her family, her faith, and her doctor," said Nicole Safar, Planned Parenthood policy director.
Forty years and counting. What will the future look like?
"Roe v. Wade has been chipped away so much, and abortion services are so inaccessible to most women, that it does kind of hang by a thread," said State Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison.
"Life unfortunately has been devalued, so bringing that awareness, once the value of life is brought to the forefront, I believe Roe v. Wade has to be overturned," said Jody Narvett, Nurse Manager.
"It's a decision that really, is really important for access to women's healthcare in this country, and I really think that the public opinion strongly supports that access," said Safar.
And while the debate rages on, Bev Searl still takes it personally.
"Please don't judge or condemn us. We do enough of that to ourselves," said Searl.
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