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Minnesota abortion opponents rally on 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

Abortion opponents with Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life are rallying on the steps of the State Capitol on Tuesday in a push for stronger abortion restrictions in Minnesota.

The group's annual rally draws thousands of pro-life advocates to St. Paul each year. This year's rally falls on the 40th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade case in which the Supreme Court established a woman's right to abortion.

With the Minnesota Legislature and governor's office both controlled by Democrats, odds are slim of any anti-abortion legislation passing. Gov. Mark Dayton last session vetoed a Republican-backed bill that would have required a doctor's presence for pill-induced abortions.

According to new data from a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, 7 in 10 Americans believe Roe v. Wade should stand -- the highest level of support for the decision since polls began tracking it in 1989.

Planned Parenthood released a new ad last week as part of its strategy to move away from the terms "pro-choice" and "pro-life" in the national debate over abortion rights.

"A growing number of Americans no longer identify with the pro-choice and pro-life labels that they believe box them in," the ad says.

At last year's March For Life in Washington, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) echoed that message, albeit from the other side of the issue.

"I've never considered being pro-life a label or a political position," Boehner said. "It's just who I am."

Minnesota physicians have performed more than 560,000 abortions since 1975, according to state records. Yearly procedures have been on the decline over the past three decades, down to 11,000 in 2011.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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