Forces on both sides of abortion issue rally at capitol

Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) -- Groups on both sides of the abortion issue rallied Wednesday on the steps of the Capitol to mark the 30th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

A crowd of close to 100 anti-abortion activists gathered at noon to wave signs and listen to speeches opposing abortion. Republican Gov. Frank Murkowski made a brief appearance, thanking the crowd for protecting what he called Alaska's greatest resource, its children.

Former Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer, a Democrat who lost the governor's race to Murkowski in November, spoke to about an equal number of people gathered on the Capitol steps Wednesday evening in support of abortion rights.

Ulmer praised the Roe vs. Wade decision as having saved lives of women who might otherwise have died in illegal abortions.

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