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BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Mitt Romney is declining to issue a proclamation recognizing a landmark 1972 Supreme Court decision legalizing birth control for unmarried people — the first time in 10 years a Massachusetts governor has taken a pass on the proclamation.

The decision is irking family planning and abortion rights activists. The case, Eisenstadt vs. Baird, is seen a precursor to the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.

Last year Romney signed the proclamation, but deleted a reference to Roe v. Wade.

The story may not be hald as interesting as it could be spun though:

Bill Baird, the plaintiff in Eisenstadt vs. Baird, issued a written statement accusing Romney of flip-flopping by refusing to issue the proclamation this year.

Romney communications director, Eric Fehrnstrom had another explanation.

“There should be no expectation on anyone’s part that they are automatically entitled to a proclamation,” Fehrnstrom said. “In Mr. Baird’s case, he was unhappy and critical of the proclamation that was issued last year, and so we decided that things were best left alone.”

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