Abortion advocates 'thrilled to be celebrating the re-election of President Barack Obama'
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 8, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – The nation’s leading abortion advocacy groups reacted with joy after pro-abortion politicians won high-profile races across the country on Tuesday, including the presidency and several hotly contested seats in the Senate.
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, whose organization invested $15 million in the election, was overjoyed by the results.
“After a year of relentless, outrageous attacks on women’s health and rights, I am thrilled today to be celebrating the re-election of President Barack Obama,” Richards wrote, in an e-mail to supporters.
“Now we can count on another four years of a president who is an outspoken supporter of Planned Parenthood,” Richards wrote. “We can count on birth control with no co-pays, and increased access to affordable care.”
NARAL President Nancy Keenan also celebrated Obama’s return to the White House.
“Choice was on the ballot this year like never before, and voters across the country today sent a strong message,” Keenan declared on election night. “We are extremely proud of the progress [President Obama] has made in the last four years – from passing ObamaCare to guaranteeing contraceptive coverage for women nationwide to appointing two new women to the Supreme Court to blocking a government shutdown over Planned Parenthood funding.”
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In a year that saw the Democratic Party formally affirm federally funded abortion-on-demand in their national platform, this year’s elections focused heavily on mandatory contraceptive coverage and taxpayer funding for abortion provider Planned Parenthood. Pro-abortion politicians and activists including President Barack Obama painted candidates favoring limits on abortion as waging a “War on Women.”
Intense media focus on comments about rape and abortion by Senatorial candidates Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock helped elevate the issue.
President Obama’s re-election wasn’t the only victory being hailed by abortion activists. Pro-abortion Democrats made tremendous gains in the U.S. Senate.
“Democratic women in the Senate were the first line of defense against the Republican war on women,” said Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, a PAC that supports pro-abortion female candidates. “Voters…sent every single Democratic woman up for re-election to the Senate back to Washington.”