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Associated Press, Published January 22 2011

Abortion opponents fill Minnesota Capitol grounds today stressing positive environment for change

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- More than 1,000 abortion foes fanned out

on the Minnesota Capitol grounds today for their annual march on

the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that

legalized abortion.

Speakers at the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life event said

conditions are ripe for anti-abortion legislation in Minnesota.

Republicans hold both chambers of the Legislature and plan to

advance long-stalled measures.

Among the speakers were Rep. Michele Bachmann and fellow GOP

Reps. John Kline, Erik Paulsen and Chip Cravaack.

MCCL wants to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood, which

provides abortions, and pass a bill modeled after a Nebraska law

that restricts late-term procedures based on the notion that

fetuses can feel pain after 20 weeks.

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton favors abortion rights.