Marking Roe anniversary, abortion foes pin hopes on Trump

Associated Press 

President Donald Trump shows off a signed executive order to reinstitute a policy barring any recipient of U.S. assistance from performing or promoting abortions abroad with money they receive from non-U.S. President Donald Trump shows off a signed executive order to reinstitute a policy barring any recipient of U.S. assistance from performing or promoting abortions abroad with money they receive from non-U.S. TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Abortion opponents expressed optimism Monday that Donald Trump's early months in office would advance their cause as hundreds converged on the Kansas Statehouse to mark the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide. Some longtime anti-abortion activists and local private school students attended the annual Rally for Life, one day after the 44th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade ruling. The rally, which is regularly the largest annual political event at the Capitol in Topeka, was accompanied by worship services and workshops -- a prelude to the movement's paramount event, the annual March for Life on Friday in Washington. Newly released data shows that the number of abortions in the U.S. fell to about 926,000 in 2014, the lowest level since 1974 -- the year after the Roe v. Wade ruling.