The thing that struck me as I read the statement from President Obama on abortion, is the idea of the broader judicial principle that government should not intrude into private matters.
As it should be.
Now it is time for international family planning agencies that use federal funds to again have the ability to deal honestly with these matters. An Executive Order should be forthcoming soon to remedy the “Mexico City Policy’, with swift Congressional action in the next few months to insure that these funds, and their uses, are not political footballs every time a new President takes office.
On the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we are reminded that this decision not only protects women’s health and reproductive freedom, but stands for a broader principle: that government should not intrude on our most private family matters. I remain committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose.
While this is a sensitive and often divisive issue, no matter what our views, we are united in our determination to prevent unintended pregnancies, reduce the need for abortion, and support women and families in the choices they make. To accomplish these goals, we must work to find common ground to expand access to affordable contraception, accurate health information, and preventative services.
On this anniversary, we must also recommit ourselves more broadly to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights and opportunities as our sons: the chance to attain a world-class education; to have fulfilling careers in any industry; to be treated fairly and paid equally for their work; and to have no limits on their dreams. That is what I want for women everywhere.