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Mid-South leaders involved in abortion debate

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(WMC-TV) - Tuesday marks 40 years since a court decision that has been debated ever since.

Roe v. Wade is the landmark case that legalized abortion, and Mid-South leaders are getting involved in that debate.

As the groundbreaking 1973 supreme count decision hits 40 years, the fight against abortion and funding continues.

A legislative session U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn for Tennessee has introduced new legislation to stop any clinic that conducts abortions from getting federal funding.

Some argue the anti-abortion movement is a loud minority with a new poll to back it up.

One NBC/Wall Street Journal poll finds 70 percent of Americans think Roe v. Wade should not be overturned.

This is the highest percentage on the question since 1989.

"People understand that women should have the right to control their own lives and not have politicians control their lives," said Planned Parenthood of Greater Memphis president Barry Chase.

Chase believes Roe v. Wade will survive.

"I don't think that it will be reversed," said Chase.

"I don't think America will allow it. If we left it up to politicians we don't know what they would do," he continued.

Football player Tim Tebow's mom has been well publicized in her opposition to abortions. The latest celebrity mother: Justin Bieber's mom.

Pattie Mallette has produced a movie with the proceeds supporting anti-abortion efforts.

"If Tim Tebow's mother or Justin Bieber's mother made their decision. Good for them. That's what they decided was best for them," said Chase.

Meanwhile the debate rages on.

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