Abortion helps daughters “fulfill their dreams”, the US President has declared in a statement to mark 39 years since the legalisation of abortions in America.
President Barack Obama asserted he was “committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose” an abortion and said the government “should not intrude on private family matters”.
The remarks came in a White House press release on 22 January 2012, marking the 39th anniversary of the Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision, which affirmed that abortion is a right under the United States Constitution.
Describing it as a “historic anniversary”, Mr Obama said, “we must remember that this Supreme Court decision not only protects a woman’s health and reproductive freedom, but also affirms a broader principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters”.
Adding, “we must also continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams”.
The following day, tens of thousands of pro-life campaigners marched in Washington at the annual March for Life.
Speaking at the rally, Chris Smith, one of Congress’ leading pro-life advocates, said: “Unhindered and unfettered by any concern over a future election, Mr Obama will aggressively use the coercive power of the state to compel abortion conformity and complicity”.
Mr Smith continued: “The predictable consequence: more dead babies, more wounded moms.”
In 2010 a campaign group in America attempted to force medical professionals to go against their consciences and perform abortions.
The American Civil Liberties Union called on the US Department of Health and Human Services to force religiously affiliated hospitals to carry out abortions against the conscientious objections of their doctors and nurses.