Thousands Rally, March Against Abortion

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tens of thousands of abortion opponents have
let their voices be heard in the nation's capital.

The demonstrators marked yesterday's 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. They rallied and marched amid concerns they could face
political setbacks under the new president.

A prayer rally and subsequent march to the Supreme Court came two days after the swearing-in of Barack Obama, which many at the rally said emphasized their need to become more vocal with their message. The rally stretched for about three blocks on the Mall and included many young people.

One man carried a sign that read: "The Audacity Of Hope: No More Roe." It was a reference to the president's book "The Audacity of Hope."

In a letter posted on their Web site, organizers invited Obama to speak at Thursday's rally.

American public opinion about abortion has been fairly stable in recent decades, with polls nearly always finding a narrow majority saying the procedure should be legal in all or most cases.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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