On the 36th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling, President Obama praised the decision and reaffirmed his commitment to abortion rights.

The president also hit a note that he had repeated during the presidential campaign: that opponents and supporters of abortion rights can find common ground in working to reduce the number of abortions and unwanted preganancies.

Obama also used the anniversary as an occasion to call for equal opportunities for women in schools and workplaces.

See his full statement below:

On the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we are reminded that this decision not only protects women