On the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and right before pro-lifers march to the Supreme Court in their annual March for Life, President Obama reiterated his support for what Roe effectively legalized.
“Today, as we reflect on the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, we recommit ourselves to the decision’s guiding principle: that every woman should be able to make her own choices about her body and her health,” Obama said in a statement Wednesday morning.
Since Roe v. Wade, the National Right to Life estimates there have been 56 million abortions in the United States. And while pro-lifers speak of the issue in a life versus death manner, pro-choice advocates, such as Obama, view it as a women’s health and freedom issue.
“We reaffirm our steadfast commitment to protecting a woman’s access to safe, affordable health care and her constitutional right to privacy, including the right to reproductive freedom,” Obama continued.
“And we resolve to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, support maternal and child health, and continue to build safe and healthy communities for all our children,” he concluded. “Because this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams.”