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Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 01/23/2012

Roe v. Wade 39th anniversary brings out marchers (Photos)

Thirty-nine years ago Sunday, the Supreme Court arrived at a 7 to 2 decision in the landmark Roe v. Wade case, establishing a woman’s right to an abortion. On Monday, groups marched in Washington, both in support and in protest of the decision.


With the word "life" on her hat, 10-year-old Mary Reynolds of West Greenwich, R.I., takes part in a "die-in" to represent the alleged 55 million children who have died from abortions in the United States. (Kevin LaMarque/Reuters)

On Sunday, President Obama said in a statement that the court’s decision makes clear that the government “should not intrude on private family matters” and that he’s committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose.

Antiabortion activists, meanwhile, say they’ve had a “breathtaking” year in passing successful legislation to restrict abortions. Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, told The Post’s Sarah Kliff that her organization helped pass 28 such laws in 2011.

Follow along with the March for Life protest in Washington here.


Antiabortion activists are draped in a red sash as they take part in a "die-in" in front of the White House. (Kevin LaMarque/Reuters)

An abortion rights advocate hold placards during a rally outside the Supreme Court. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Abortion rights advocates hold placards during a rally outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Two women kneel in prayer at the top of the U.S. Supreme Court steps in Washington on Sunday. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

About 3,500 people march down 4th Street in downtown Baton Rouge, La., during the 2nd annual Louisiana Life March on Saturday. (Heather McClelland/AP)

Pink and blue balloons are released at the Louisiana State Capitol on Saturday. (Heather McClelland/AP)

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Tags:  National, Abortion, Roe v. Wade, March for Life

 
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