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.

  • http://changecomesslow.com/2012/01/23/happy-birthday-roe-look-what-you-started/ Nikesha

    what I am curious to see is the tug-o-war that is shaping up in 2012 that will pitt pro-life advocates against pro-choice advocates in a way we’ve never seen before.

    Pro-life advocates are working tirelessly to end a legal practice they morally disagree with. Pro-choice advocates have little recourse on the moral high ground because the argument is simply one of privacy and personal choice. An argument most conservatives defend to the death, unless it dry fucks their moral center.

    No matter who the GOP Presidential candidate is, they will face President Obama who is decidedly left of the issue leaving voters, specifically women of the conservative ilk, to decide how much they want their rights trampled on in the name of saving their unborn child.

  • BlackNProud

    Why can’t people just simply have their “opinions” and ” personal beliefs” about an issue and not try to impose them on someone else. Opinions are wonderful ways of engaging in conversation to explore outside of what u think, but I have a problem when an opinion of what one deems right and or wrong is somehow imposed on the actions of others that will have little if any direct affect on the person in opposition of the act.

    If you’re pro-life great then that just means to me that “u” won’t be partaking in any abortions any time soon…perfectly fine that’s a “choice” that you’ve made based on “ur” beliefs, feelings, upbringing, religion, etc.

    Pro-choice…that’s me all day. I’m on the outside looking in at everyone else’s life except my own. So I can only say how I personally feel about something or a choice in regard to “my own life” and not what others should be doing in their lives. People make “choices” in life everyday whether it be good or bad, but at the end of the day those people have to live with the choices they’ve made. Life is hard enough walking in my own shoes so there is no way I’m going to attempt to walk in someone else’s shoes.

    I believe the world would be a much better place if those who like to regulate the personal lives of others would be more inclined to regulating their own lives and living space where they pay for meals, clothes, rent, bills, and whatever else instead of telling their neighbors how to live their lives and how to spend their money.

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