WASHINGTON, D.C., January 24, 2011 ( – As hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers prepare to brave a bitter cold to march to the Supreme Court in Washington Monday afternoon, President Obama has released a statement reaffirming his commitment to the legalized killing of unborn children as a “private family matter.”

In the statement released Saturday, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, Obama celebrated the decision as one “that protects women’s health and reproductive freedom, and affirms a fundamental principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters

“I am committed to protecting this constitutional right.”

While also expressing commitment to programs to help pregnant women, Obama encouraged Americans to pledge fidelity to “to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights, the same freedoms, and the same opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.” Obama released a similar statement on last year’s anniversary.

The pledge comes only days after a Pennsylvania grand jury exposed the gruesome practice of one local abortionist who, according to the jury’s findings, routinely severed the necks of newborn children because he was too unskilled a physician to administer a digoxin injection, a normal means of late-term abortion.

As an Illinois state senator, Barack Obama voted against a law that would have protected infants from being killed when born alive during a failed abortion. Pro-life advocates have pointed to these votes, as well as his votes in favor of partial-birth abortion, as evidence of Obama’s extremism on abortion.

Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell is now being held without bail for the murder of seven newborn children and one woman who died following a botched abortion. Nine of Gosnell’s clinic workers are also being held by police, four of them on murder charges.