FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Rand Paul marked the 38th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark decision on abortion by calling it "one of the most horrific judicial travesties in the history of our nation."
Paul lamented in a statement Monday that more than 50 million abortions have been performed in the United States since abortion was legalized in 1973.
Paul said he will join other senators this week in sponsoring the Life at Conception Act that declares all unborn persons are entitled to equal protection from the moment of conception.
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama called abortion a constitutional right he's committed to protecting. He said the Roe v. Wade decision affirmed what he called a "fundamental principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters."