Roe v. Wade Passes 39th Anniversary

Alexandra Jaffe

On the 39th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case on Sunday, which established protection for abortion rights, President Obama reaffirmed his support for a woman's right to choose in a statement released on his blog.

Obama called the right to choose a "fundamental constitutional right," despite how "sensitive and often divisive" the issue may be.

"As we mark the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we must remember that this Supreme Court decision not only protects a woman’s health and reproductive freedom, but also affirms a broader principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters," his statement reads.

Obama’s statement comes the day before the 39th annual March for Life on Monday, a demonstration that brings thousands of anti-abortion rights activists from across the country to march on Washington in protest each year. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, will deliver opening remarks tomorrow in support of an issue he says, for him, isn't political.

“Respect for life has never been a political position for me: it’s who I am, and it’s who we are as a people,” Boehner said in a release.