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Saturday
Jan222011

Nation Marks 38th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Pro-life and pro-choice advocates are in Washington this weekend to mark the 38th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade.

The famous ruling, which legalized abortion in the U.S., has its roots in 1969, when a woman named Norma L. McCorvey tried to end her pregnancy. She eventually sued the state of Texas under the alias Jane Roe. The case ultimately rose to the Supreme Court, where Justice Harry Blackmun wrote the famous court opinion drawing a vague legal line prohibiting abortion when a fetus becomes viable, or able to live outside the womb. The ruling continues to be a fiercely polarizing issue.

President Obama released a statement marking the anniversary on Saturday, asserting his belief that abortion is a matter of privacy and a "constitutional right."

"I hope that we will recommit ourselves more broadly to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights, the same freedoms, and the same opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams," the president said.

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