Abortion Foes Mark 'Roe v. Wade'

On the 34th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, opponents of abortion marched on the National Mall. President Bush addressed the crowd and two presidential candidates used the event as a campaign stop.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

And an older form of political expression was on display in Washington yesterday. It was directed at an issue that's divided Americans for decades. Thousands of abortion opponents marched in the Capitol.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

It was the 35th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. And communication technology did play some role. President Bush addressed the activists with a telephone message from the presidential retreat at Camp David.

President GEORGE BUSH: We're building a culture of life here. And I want to thank you and everybody assembled for helping.

INSKEEP: The event also served as a kind of campaign event for two Republican presidential contenders: Kansas Senator Sam Brownback and California Representative Duncan Hunter.

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