WASHINGTON, D.C., January 23, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Marking the 39th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, President Barack Obama reaffirmed his commitment to the “fundamental constitutional right” to abortion.
“I remain committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose and this fundamental constitutional right,” the president said in a brief statement on Jan. 22nd.
“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,” he continued.
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Calling the anniversary of Roe v. Wade “historic,” the president added, “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.”
The statement comes as religious leaders accuse President Obama of an attack on the constitutional right to freedom of religion after his administration announced Friday that they will force employers to fund abortion-inducing contraceptive drugs, as well as other contraceptives.
Hundreds of thousands of pro-life citizens are expected to gather Monday at the National Mall in Washington for the annual March for Life.
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