Today, President Obama released a statement marking the 39th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision which instituted a woman’s right to choose. While his GOP rivals have vowed to repeal the law and end access to legal abortions, President Obama firmly believes in a woman’s ability to control her own reproductive health.
“As we mark the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, 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. I remain committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose and this fundamental constitutional right,” the President wrote.
“While this is a sensitive and often divisive issue — no matter what our views, we must stay united in our determination to prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant woman and mothers, reduce the need for abortion, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption. And as we remember this historic anniversary, 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.”
Recently, researchers found that abortion rates are actually higher in counties that restrict access to both contraception and abortion services, and thousands of women still die each year due to unsafe, illegal procedures.
Over the past few years, Republicans have been working overtime trying to restrict a woman’s right to choose. From introducing “personhood” laws in many states, to voting to defund Planned Parenthood, they continue to work to unravel Roe v. Wade.
But if President Obama and other lawmakers have anything to do with it, women will continue to be able to be in charge of their reproductive heath for many years to come.