Obama reflects on significance of Roe v. Wade case

By the Associated Press | January 22, 2012 | 1:15 PM EST

Norma Castillo, left, holds a sign as other pro-life demonstrators kneel and pray Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, facing the Midland Planned Parenthood clinic to mark the 39th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade in Midland, Texas. Bishop Michael Pfeifer of the San Angelo Catholic Diocese also led the large crowd of demonstrators in a rosary. (AP Photo/Odessa American, Heather Leiphart)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is marking the 39th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade decision by saying that the ruling was more than just about establishing a woman's right to an abortion.

Obama says in a statement that the court's decision also makes clear that the government "should not intrude on private family matters."

The president says he's committed to protecting a woman's right to choose and "this fundamental constitutional right."