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Butler County reacts to overturn of Roe v. Wade

Demonstrators protest outside of the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday, May 3, 2022 in Washington. A draft opinion suggests the U.S. Supreme Court could be poised to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide, according to a Politico report released Monday. Whatever the outcome, the Politico report represents an extremely rare breach of the court's secretive deliberation process, and on a case of surpassing importance. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Those in the county on either side of the abortion issue had strong opinions on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Friday that the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion, thus overruling Roe v. Wade and the more recent Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

The decision means each state will now determine whether abortion is legal for its citizens.

Ray Ferguson, a member of All Saints Roman Catholic Parish in Butler, has served as bus captain roughly 20 times for locals traveling on chartered buses to the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.

“It’s wonderful. It’s long overdue,” Ferguson said of the Supreme Court decision. “It means justice for the most vulnerable in our society, the unborn.”

Ferguson said he had faith that Roe v. Wade would be overturned, but was surprised it happened so quickly.

He said the “fight for those who cannot defend themselves” is now in the hands of the state legislature.

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