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The fight over abortion remains a divisive issue across the country on this the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

On January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court handed down a decision that made abortion legal all across the country.

Thousands of people took to the nation's capital Wednesday to march against that ruling. There were also plenty of East Tennesseans who also spent their day looking back at that decision too.

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Planned Parenthood watched a documentary named "After Tiller" at the Relix Variety Theater in the Happy Holler section of North Knoxville.

The movie focuses on the 2009 assassination of Dr. George Tiller and the lone four American doctors who provide third-trimester abortions in the country.

Tory Mills works as the External Affairs Coordinator of Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee. She said the decision Supreme Court justices made in 1973 was the right one to make.

"That affirmed women's right to make medical decisions without interference from politicians," she said.

But, more than 40 years after the court's ruling on Roe v. Wade, another abortion battle is looming in Tennessee. It's one Planned Parenthood plans to fight every step of the way.

"You know it's funny," Mills said. "I've talked to folks who were around in 1973 when this ruling passed and they have said that they can't believe we're still having this argument."

She's talking about the push for Amendment 1.

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In November, Tennesseans will be given the chance to decide whether the state's legislature should be afforded the right to craft state abortion law. It lost that right in 2000 due to a state supreme court ruling.

Conservatives like Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey feel things should go back to the way they were in the past.

"Things like waiting periods, things like informed consent, things that were on the books before 2000, and most every other state has those but Tennessee," he said.

The group Tennessee Right to Life is spearheading the effort to pass Amendment 1 in the state.

Leslie Hunse is the education director for Tennessee Right to Life in Knoxville. She said her group has been energized ever since the state Supreme Court's ruling in 2000.

"We want our constitution to go back to neutral on the issue of abortion, so we can pass some common sense regulations to protect mothers and children," she said.

The group is already passing out pamphlets. On Sunday, it will even hold a march along Kingston Pike at Calvary Baptist Church at 2 p.m.

"We are here because there are women who call us everyday who are sad about the abortions that they've had," she said.

Both groups expect to have more advertising supporting their respective stances on Amendment 1 released in the fall.

Until then, a popular Knoxville radio host expects to see conversation about abortion continue to change across East Tennessee. Hallerin Hilton Hill of NewsTalk 98.7FM said he feels the issue, which was once a lightning rod of debate is becoming less controversial.

"There are certain pockets of the population that are still vocal, but it's not as vocal," he said.

Hill mentioned the topic on the airwaves Wednesday morning and got several calls. He said when he first talked about the issue on air more than 20 years ago, his station would be flooded with calls.

Hill said people now have more outlets to express their opinions.

"Those same issues may still be front burner issues, but what's the front burner now?" he said. "Is the front burner television? Is it radio? You're probably seeing a migration of commentary to Twitter."

Hill said political and constitutional issues now garner the strongest opinions from callers. He added as far as social issues go, gay rights has become one of the biggest talking points from listeners.

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