Days after proposing a compromise on his contraceptive coverage policy, President Barack Obama sent a strong video message of support for women's right to make their own reproductive choices at a NARAL Pro-Choice America annual dinner Tuesday night.
"Tonight we celebrate the historic Roe v. Wade decision handed down 40 years ago, but we also gather to recommit ourselves to the decision's guiding principle: that women should be able to make their own choices about their bodies and their health care," the president said in a video at an anniversary celebration that also welcomed NARAL's new president, Ilyse Hogue.
"We reaffirm our steadfast commitment to protecting women's access to safe, affordable health care, and her right to reproductive freedom because we know that we are better off as a nation when women are treated fairly and equally in every aspect of life, whether it's the salary you earn or the health decisions you make," Obama said. "This is a country where the success of all of us depends on the empowerment of each us."
Obama thanked outgoing NARAL President Nancy Keenan, whom he called "a friend and counselor to me and my administration," and welcomed the group's incoming President Hogue, saying he looked forward to continuing to work with the group.
I want the President and the Democratics in Congress to be consistent and continual in their vocal support of Roe v. Wade. I don't ever want silence to be taken to mean that Democrats do not support the ruling.