Barack Obama
Carolyn Kaster  /  AP
President Barack Obama steps off of Marine One at the Cambridge-Dorchester Airport in Cambridge, Md., and into his motorcade vehicle on his way to speak at the Democratic Issues Conference, Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, in Cambridge, Md. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
updated 1/22/2011 2:17:09 PM ET 2011-01-22T19:17:09

President Barack Obama is marking the 38th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark decision on abortion by calling the procedure a constitutional right he's committed to protecting.

Obama also said in a statement Saturday that he remains committed to policies designed to prevent unintended pregnancies. And he called on Americans to recommit themselves to ensuring that, in the president's words, "our daughters have the same rights, the same freedoms, and the same opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams."

Obama said the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion affirmed what he called a "fundamental principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters."

Anti-abortion activists will participate in an annual "March for Life" in Washington on Monday.

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