- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 22, 2003

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 (UPI) — Abortion-rights backers met Tuesday to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court ruling concerning abortion, saying the anti-abortion factions have made significant advances.

The Washington Times reported that NARAL Pro-Choice America and all six of the declared Democratic candidates seeking the party's 2004 nomination for president attacked President George W. Bush for his position regarding abortion.

They declared that the abortion-rights agenda was "in greater peril today than at any time" since the Roe vs. Wade decision struck down state abortion laws as a violation of a woman's right to privacy, the Times noted.

NARAL President Kate Michelman said her group was mobilizing a new grass-roots drive to rally the nation's abortion-rights majority to "protect the rights central to Roe," the Times said.

The newspaper reported that Al Sharpton "compared the fight for abortion to the civil rights movement" and that Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts said that if he is the Democratic nominee for president, he will highlight the abortion issue in the 2004 race.

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