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Obama praises Roe, says decision protects women’s health and freedom

January 24, 2011

President Barack Obama issued a statement on January 22 praising Roe v. Wade, the infamous Supreme Court decision that struck down laws across the nation protecting unborn children. In the 38 years since the decision, 53 million unborn children have been slain in their mothers’ wombs.

The president said:

Today marks the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that protects women’s health and reproductive freedom, and affirms a fundamental principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters.

I am committed to protecting this constitutional right. I also remain committed to policies, initiatives, and programs that help prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant women and mothers, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption.

And on this anniversary, I hope that we will recommit ourselves more broadly to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights, the same freedoms, and the same opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.


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  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Jan. 25, 2011 12:48 AM ET USA

    And notice that in the list of remedies he supports, he doesn't include efforts to dissuade women from choosing abortion. Imagine a Surgeon General declining to support anti-smoking advertising. He/she would sure have some 'splainin' to do. So does this President.

  • Posted by: Defender - Jan. 24, 2011 7:40 PM ET USA

    Constitutional right? Where does it say that?

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Jan. 24, 2011 7:21 PM ET USA

    What constitutional right? To kill an inconvenient human? Ah,President Obama,you will live longer than your preborn murdered constituents, but you won't live forever. You will have an opportunity to explanation to your Creator your take on "rights".

  • Posted by: rpp - Jan. 24, 2011 6:45 PM ET USA

    The logic in the last paragraph completely escapes me. One cannot support abortion and truthfully make that statement. It is the BIG LIE of abortion.

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  • Posted by: koinonia - Jan. 24, 2011 8:34 AM ET USA

    How is it possible to promote adoption and to support abortion simultaneously? Obviously abortion cuts down on the opportunities for adoption. As the Dr. Gosnell case illustrates, disregard for the sanctity of human life has gruesome consequences. The hypocrisy of charging him with the murder of those poor babies outside the womb is mind-boggling. Abortion is murder; pray for an end to legalized abortion.