23 January 2009

President Obama's statement for the 36th 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.”

12 comments:

Penny said...

to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights and opportunities as our sons

omein v'omein.

KnittingReader said...

I am still so thrilled with our new president despite disagreeing with some of his cabinet picks.

La Duchesse said...

The more I read and hear about his policies, the more impressed I am with him. He seems like a thoroughly good man.

Terri said...

I love this guy!!! He also rescinded the gag order re: family planning. Definitely on a roll!

Carrie K said...

What? How will women behave without having someone (preferably a total stranger) decide their lives for them?

President Obama's isn't kicking back getting into the swing of things, is he? The man is a powerhouse and thank heaven for it.

Knit Witch said...

Well said!!!

KSD said...

If he hadn't already, I suspect Dylan might be somewhere writing "The Times, They Are A-Changin'" right about now.

Larjmarj said...

He really is a man of character and determination.

It's more than a breath of fresh air, it's like having 1000 pounds of Rush Limbaugh's fat taken off of your chest. Ahhhh I can BREATHE!!

Paula said...

He is the most eloquent presidential speaker yet!
Taking on such controversial subjects with grace. He makes me so happy to be an American again!

KnitNana said...

Blessed Be....

Roggey said...

I can not BE any happier with this man as our president!

adrienne said...

Hear, bloody hear! Or is it here! here! Huzzah! Huzzah! Anyway - he is hitting the ground at an absolute sprint!