The Washington Times - January 22, 2013, 03:29PM

President Obama on Tuesday hailed the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that made abortion a constitutional right.

The ruling, Mr. Obama said, reaffirms “its historic commitment to protect the health and reproductive freedom of women across this country and stand by its guiding principle: that government should not intrude on our most private family matters, and women should be able to make their own choices about their bodies and their health care.”

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In making the statement, Mr. Obama also stressed that his administration is committed to reducing unintended pregnancies and minimize the number of abortions.

“Today and every day, my administration continues our efforts to reduce unintended pregnancies, support maternal and child health, and minimize the need for abortion,” he said.