Roe vs. Wade 31 Years Later

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Thousands on both sides of the abortion issue filled the streets of the nation's Capitol Thursday, converging on the Supreme Court, where 31 years ago the landmark abortion rights case, Roe vs. Wade, was decided.

Earlier, those opposed to abortion held a Mass to pray for the unborn.

"It is the purpose of all law to protect the most vulnerable," said Bishop Paul Lucas of Springfield, Ill.

But the abortion issue has never been just about the spiritual debate, and especially in an election year, it is a topic that likely will be hotly debated on the campaign trail.

In Bedford, New Hampshire, retired Gen. Wesley Clark made his position on the issue perfectly clear to voters.

"I have always been and always will be pro choice because choice is a fundamental, constitutional right, plain and simple," Clark said.

President Bush did not attend the Right to Life rally in Washington this year, but he did call in from New Mexico to encourage the crowd.

"You believe as I do that every person is a blessing and has a purpose in this world," said the President.

Pro-Life Mississippi says it supports three anti-abortion bills, but the legislation hasn't been filed yet.

The Health Care Right of Conscience Act would protect the civil rights of a health care provider who refused to perform a medical procedure because of religious or moral convictions.

Pro-Life Mississippi also supports a bill that gives more protection to unborn fetuses.

The third piece of legislation would require mandatory reporting of abortion complications.

A lawmaker must introduce any legislation and no one has filed a bill on the anti-abortion measures.

Anti-abortion advocates have placed about 2,000 wooden crosses on the lawn of the state Capitol in Jackson to symbolize the lives lost to abortion.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.