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Pres. Obama, Sen. Inhofe comment on Roe. v. Wade anniversary

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Official portrait of President-elect Barack Obama on Jan. 13, 2009.(Photo by Pete Souza) (Pete Souza, © 2008 Pete Souza)
Official portrait of President-elect Barack Obama on Jan. 13, 2009.(Photo by Pete Souza) (Pete Souza, © 2008 Pete Souza)
Updated: 1/22 11:01 am Published: 1/22 10:57 am

Wednesday marks the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. 

Despite snowy weather thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators will take place in the annual march to protest the 1973 decision that declared a constitutional right to abortion.

Organizers say the theme of this year's event is adoption and eliminating stigma around adoption as an alternative to abortion.

President Barack Obama marked the anniversary by reaffirming his administration's commitment to protecting a woman's access to safe, affordable health care and her constitutional right to privacy, including the right to reproductive freedom.

In a written statement, Obama said the guiding principle of the court's landmark decision is that all women should be free to make their own choices about their bodies and health. The justices' decision has been challenged ever since.

Obama says his administration also resolves to reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies, support maternal and child health, and build safe, healthy communities for children.

Sen. Jim Inhofe released a statement of support for protesters taking part in the march:

"The several thousand that march today in Washington represent the millions of unborn lives who have been unjustly taken since the Roe vs. Wade ruling 41 years ago. The annual March for Life is about peacefully standing in the gap for the most vulnerable among us, and I applaud the many who participated today in spite of the inclement weather.

The pro-life movement is a deep moral conviction that dignity, life and providence starts inside the womb. I stand with those today who recognize the sanctity of life, and will continue the fight to protect the constitutional right to life for those yet born in our nation."

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