Friday, January 23, 2009

Obama on Girls on Roe v. Wade Anniversary

Via White House press release, President Obama's statement on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade:

On the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we are reminded that this
decision not only protects women's health and reproductive freedom,
but stands for a broader principle: that government should not
intrude on our most private family matters. I remain committed to
protecting a woman's right to choose.

While this is a sensitive and often divisive issue, no matter what
our views, we are united in our determination to prevent unintended
pregnancies, reduce the need for abortion, and support women and
families in the choices they make. To accomplish these goals, we
must work to find common ground to expand access to affordable
contraception, accurate health information, and preventative services.

On this anniversary, we must also recommit ourselves more broadly to
ensuring that our daughters have the same rights and opportunities
as our sons: the chance to attain a world-class education; to have
fulfilling careers in any industry; to be treated fairly and paid
equally for their work; and to have no limits on their dreams. That
is what I want for women everywhere.

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