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Ray LoPresto of the Cannon Falls area talks with Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Wabasha, during an anti-abortion rally Thursday on the Minnesota Capitol's south steps. The rally, held on the 36th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision, was sponsored by Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life. Republicans Norm Coleman and Gov. Tim Pawlenty told the crowd to keep up their fight against abortion. Staff photo by Scott Wente

Abortion debate comes to Capitol on anniversary

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ST. PAUL -- Thousands of abortion opponents from across the state sang "Amazing Grace" and rallied around encouraging words from Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Thursday, the 36th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision.

But even as Minnesota Citizens Concerned For Life celebrated one of the best turnouts in recent years -- organizers said 4,000 to 5,000 people showed up -- leaders acknowledged that their struggle is more difficult this year.

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