Obama: GOP Putting Women's Health Back to 1950s
He becomes first sitting president to address Planned Parenthood
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2013 12:55 PM CDT
President Obama pauses while speaking at the 2013 Planned Parenthood National Conference in Washington on Friday.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – President Obama became the first sitting president to address Planned Parenthood today, and he offered a robust defense of the group, report AP and CNN. Among the lines getting attention:

  • What year is this? Citing strict anti-abortion laws in states such as North Dakota and Arkansas, Obama said, "When you read about some of these laws, you want to check the calendar. You want to make sure you're still living in 2013."
  • What year is this, take two: "The fact is, after decades of progress, there's still those who want to turn back the clock to policies more suited to the 1950s than the 21st century. And they've been involved in an orchestrated and historic effort to roll back basic rights when it comes to women's health."
  • 'Punching bag': "When politicians try to turn Planned Parenthood into a punching bag … when they talk about cutting off funding, let's be clear, they're talking about telling many of those women, you're on your own. They're talking about shutting those women out at a time when they may need it most."
  • No mention of 'abortion': Obama never used the word "abortion" in his speech, opting instead for a reference to a woman's "right to choose," notes Yahoo News.
  • Why the speech? Politics, explains the Washington Post. The president is looking to cement his and Democrats' already big advantage with voters on abortion in particular and women's issues in general.

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M_Polk
Apr 28, 2013 2:26 PM CDT
Mary pulled a fast one on Joseph... She got knocked up beforehand. Was baptized a Catholic and raised as a Christian Read the Old Testament and couldn't reconcile any of it. (I did skip the begats though.. Should I have read them also?) Became and Agnostic and met a former Dominican nun... She was a follower of Wicca and a witch. I started to study as a Druid I'm sorry if I can't accept that your Oh So Holy Bible is THE WORD. Women are not chattel as you seem to think. They are certainly not there in respects for the "fun" mentioned.
ducme
Apr 28, 2013 7:31 AM CDT
If a pro lifer kills a OB/GYN and stops an abortion from happening and that baby grows up to be a OB/GYN (abortion doctor) that same man that saved his/her life, snuffs him/her out with a shot gun. What was the point in saving his/her life?
lvan
Apr 27, 2013 5:46 PM CDT
I love the selfish hypocrisy of average abortionist! They never mention choices of men. Free choice to abort financial responsibility is never mentioned. Men are always just useful tools.