The Washington Times - January 22, 2012, 07:00PM

On the 39th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade ruling on abortion, President Obama said Sunday he remains “committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose and this fundamental constitutional right.”

“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.

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a leading contender for the GOP presidential nomination, said the court’s decision meant that “millions of lives since that day have been tragically silenced.”

“Since that day, the pro-life movement has been working tirelessly in an effort to change hearts and minds and protect the weakest and most vulnerable among us,” Mr. Romney said. “Today, we recommit ourselves to reversing that decision, for in the quiet of conscience, people of both political parties know that more than a million abortions a year cannot be squared with the good heart of America.”

The president said Americans must “stay united in our determination to prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant woman and mothers, reduce the need for abortion, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption.”