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UPDATE 1-Anti-abortion marchers in Washington protest 40 yrs of legal abortion

(Adds details throughout, comments, background) By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Anti-abortion activists marched in Washington on Friday to protest the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made abortion legal in the United States 40 years ago. Condemning abortion as an abuse of human rights, people from across the country participated in the March for Life that takes place annually in the nation's capital. The Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling on Jan. 22, 1973, legalized abortion.

Washington protesters to mark 40 years of legal U.S. abortion

WASHINGTON, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Anti-abortion marchers are expected on Friday to mark the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion, and Pope Benedict expressed support for the demonstrators. The anti-abortion March for Life, an annual event in Washington, will be preceded by a midday rally on the National Mall.
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