Washington D.C., November 11, 2011 ( – In a speech at the 2011 Annual Dinner hosted by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), President Obama chastised Republicans for not supporting his new jobs bill and “spending time focusing on how to turn back the clock.”

“Instead of working to boost our economy they are out there spending time trying to defund Planned Parenthood and prevent millions of women from getting basic health care that they desperately need – pap smears and breast exams,” Obama said, accusing Republicans of “trying to make the fight about social issues that stir up their base.”

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Obama touted the abortifacient contraceptive mandate that is being implemented as part of his health care reform law. That mandate would require all employers, including many religious employers, to pay for all contraceptives, including “emergency” contraceptives that can cause abortions.

He decried Republican efforts to repeal the mandate, saying, “they’ve been trying to figure out how to take away preventive care that is covered under the Affordable Care Act.”

“That is not the right direction for our country,” he said.

The president concluded that Republicans are “spending their time trying to divide this country against itself, rather than coming together to lift up our country – and we don’t have to settle for that.”