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WH decries 'relentless assault' on abortion access

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As anti-abortion protesters gathered in Washington with spirits high that the country has reached a pivotal moment in the decades long battle over abortion, the White House highlighted Saturday's 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark legal decision that guaranteed American women the right to an abortion. "Reproductive health care has been under extreme and relentless assault ever since, especially in recent months," said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki. We're deeply committed to making sure everyone has access to care," she said. "And we will defend it with every tool we have." Friday's demonstration, called "The March for Life," arrives this year as the Supreme Court has indicated it will allow states to impose tighter restrictions on abortion with a ruling in the coming months — and possibly overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that affirmed the constitutional right to an abortion. At least 26 states are in line to further limit abortion access if Roe is weakened or overturned, according to abortion rights groups. In December, the court indicated in a major case that it would uphold a Mississippi ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, and allow states to ban abortion even earlier. The Mississippi case directly challenges Roe.