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Anti-abortion rally at MN Capitol marks anniversary of Roe v Wade ruling

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On the anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling that affirmed the legality of abortion, Minnesotans opposed to the practice rallied at the State Capitol.

The "March for Life" is organized by the group Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life and held annually on Jan. 22 to mark the Roe v. Wade ruling.

WCCO reports thousands of people attended.

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Abortion opponents laid out their priorities for the spring's legislative session. The Pioneer Press says they include making licenses and inspections mandatory at abortion clinics, a ban on second trimester abortions, and ending state funding of abortions.

As MPR News explains, women who can't afford to pay for abortions in Minnesota are able to get them through a state-subsidized health care plan.

Gov. Mark Dayton, who supports the legality of abortion, told the Pioneer Press he does not expect to sign any new laws regarding abortion.

The Star Tribune, which estimated the crowd to be in the hundreds, says more than a dozen Republican lawmakers attended. Sen. Roger Chamberlain of Lino Lakes said he thinks such rallies have helped bring about a downward trend in the number of abortions.

Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota issued a statement that read in part: "On the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we are reminded of what life was like for women before safe and legal abortion—and what could again become a reality for many women in our region if politicians continue to restrict access to safe, legal abortion."

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