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Obama voices criticism of tough new abortion laws

WASHINGTON — President Obama waded back into the nation’s volatile culture wars on Friday as he assailed conservatives who have sought to restrict access to abortion and contraception, and he promised women’s activists he would stand with them ‘‘fighting every step of the way.’’

Addressing a meeting of Planned Parenthood, Obama singled out lawmakers in North Dakota, Mississippi and, by implication, the nation’s capital for proposing and in some cases enacting ‘‘absurd’’ laws that he said would return the country to the days before the Roe v. Wade decision guaranteeing abortion rights.

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