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President Obama reaffirms support for Roe v. Wade

Catholic World News - January 23, 2014

President Barack Obama has reaffirmed his support for Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that struck down state laws protecting unborn human life.

Since 1973, over 56.6 million abortions have taken place in the United States.

“Today, as we reflect on the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, we recommit ourselves to the decision’s guiding principle: that every woman should be able to make her own choices about her body and her health,” the president said in his statement.

“We reaffirm our steadfast commitment to protecting a woman’s access to safe, affordable health care and her constitutional right to privacy, including the right to reproductive freedom,” he continued. “And we resolve to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, support maternal and child health, and continue to build safe and healthy communities for all our children. Because this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams.”

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  • Posted by: jimr451 - Jan. 24, 2014 4:57 PM ET USA

    The language here is chilling. How he can talk about the health and safety of children in a speech reaffirming unwavering support for abortion is simply chilling.

  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Jan. 24, 2014 12:45 AM ET USA

    No one voted for this. No majority in any state would vote for it now. It was merely five of nine justices of the supreme court that saw it as a shadow (penumbra)in the U. S. Constitution.

  • Posted by: Savonarola - Jan. 23, 2014 10:01 PM ET USA

    It also says something about the bishops' failure to teach that a majority of Catholics voted for Obama.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Jan. 23, 2014 7:31 AM ET USA

    What can one say? This man is unstinting in his support for evil; this steadfastness is, in fact, the only detectable "virtue" in his make-up. The fact that he was twice elected says far more about us (i.e. the US) than it does about him.

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