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Activists mark 33rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade

[JURIST] Activists around the country marked the 33rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade [opinion] with demonstrations on Sunday. In Minnesota, San Francisco, Idaho and Michigan, hundreds of anti-abortion and abortion rights demonstrators gathered in front of state capitols. Activists in Michigan marked the anniversary by debuting Michigan Chooses Life, an initiative to change the state constitution to legally define a person as existing at the moment of conception. In Washington, DC, abortion rights activists gathered in front of the US Supreme Court in advance of Monday's anti-abortion demonstration on the mall, for which President Bush has offered his support [AP report]. Many are speculating about how the nomination of Samuel Alito [official profile; JURIST news archive] to the Supreme Court will affect the January 22, 1973 decision. Alito has refused to give his views on the issue [JURIST report], saying that he would keep an open mind [JURIST report] on the issue. AP has more.

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