Obama: 'Planned Parenthood Is Not Going Anywhere'
Huffington Post Staff Writer – 26 April 2013
President Barack Obama became the first sitting president Friday to address Planned Parenthood's national conference, where he reassured the organization and its supporters that he will continue to fight on their behalf.
"When politicians try to turn Planned Parenthood into a punching bag, they're not just talking about you," he told the crowd of 1,200. "They're talking about the millions of women you serve. When they talk about cutting off your 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 women need it most, shutting off communities that need more health care options for women, not less."
Obama was originally scheduled to address Planned Parenthood's annual gala Thursday night, but he rescheduled the speech in order to attend a memorial service in West, Texas. The scheduling change fueled some speculation that Obama was distancing himself from the family planning provider, but he dispelled those rumors Friday.
"I'm sorry I could not be at the party yesterday," he said during his speech at a Marriott in Washington, D.C. "I understand it was a little wild. But as all of you know, obviously, we've gone through a pretty tough week and a half. I was down in Texas letting the people of West, Texas, know that we love them and care about them in their time of grieving."
While Obama has previously avoided discussing the specifics of some state legislatures' anti-abortion proposals, he denounced several abortion restrictions specifically in his speech to Planned Parenthood.
"In North Dakota, they passed a law that outlaws your right to choose starting as early as six weeks, even if a woman is raped. A woman may not even know she's pregnant at six weeks," he said. "In Mississippi, a ballot initiative was put forward that would not only outlaw your right to choose, but could have had all sorts of other far-reaching consequences, like cutting off your access to fertility treatments and making certain forms of contraception a crime. That’s absurd, and it's wrong."
Two Republicans in Congress and multiple GOP-controlled state legislatures have already introduced bills to defund Planned Parenthood this year, but Obama assured the organization's president, Cecile Richards, and the crowd that he will continue to fight those efforts.
This public slap in the face to more than 50% of the American people who strongly believe that life begins at the moment of conception is the most recent example of the out and out arrogance of the pro-abortion President of the United States of America. Regardless of the office that he holds, one that commands the highest respect of every citizen of this great nation, his personal disdain for the rights of the unborn is truly repulsive to a huge number of the citizens that he was elected to represent. Unfortunately, this recent speech to Planned Parenthood is reminiscent of the shame that was brought on Catholics when he was invited to give the commencement speech at the University of Notre Dame, arguably one of the pre-eminent Catholic institutions of higher learning in the United States. Following that speech, he was given an “honorary degree” from Notre Dame. Clearly, this is yet another example of those in academia being totally out of step with rank and file Catholics and those of other faiths who firmly believe in the sanctity of life and the rights of the unborn.
For those readers who are AOH members, I would refer you to the Preamble to our National Constitution. For those who are not, I would refer you to your conscience.
Jack Meehan, Past National President
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