23 Jan '12, 1am

Obama hails anniversary of US abortion ruling

WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Barack Obama on Sunday marked the 39th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legalising abortion by affirming his backing for the right, for decades one of America's most polarising issues. 'As we mark the 39th anniversary of Roe v Wade, we must remember that this Supreme Court decision not only protects a woman's health and reproductive freedom, but also affirms a broader principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters,' Mr Obama said in his statement. 'I remain committed to protecting a woman's right to choose and this fundamental constitutional right,' the president said. Abortion is invariably a bitterly debated issue every presidential election year, with conservatives eager to repeal the landmark decision and liberals insisting abortion is a fundamental right to be protected at all costs.

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