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April 26, 2013 - 12:32 pm

President Obama gave a speech slamming critics for trying to turn Planned Parenthood “into a punching bag” while notably avoiding the word “abortion” in the entire address.

“The fact is, after decades of progress, there’s still those who want to turn back the clock to policies more suited to the 1950s than the 21st century. And they’ve been involved in an orchestrated and historic effort to roll back basic rights when it comes to women’s health,” Obama said.

“Forty-two states have introduced laws that would ban or severely limit access to a woman’s right to choose — laws that would make it harder for women to get the contraceptive care that they need; laws that would cut off access to cancer screenings and end educational programs that help prevent teen pregnancy,” he continued. “In North Dakota, they just passed a law that outlaws your right to choose, starting as early as six weeks, even if a woman is raped.  A woman may not even know that she’s pregnant at six weeks. In Mississippi, a ballot initiative was put forward that could not only have outlawed your right to choose, but could have had all sorts of other far-reaching consequences like cutting off fertility treatments, making certain forms of contraception a crime.”

Obama called state efforts to reduce abortion “an assault on women’s rights.”

“When you read about some of these laws, you want to check the calendar; you want to make sure you’re still living in 2013,” he added, evoking laughter from the conference crowd at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington.

The president also used the event for a campaign-style pitch about the benefits of ObamaCare.

“If Americans don’t know how to access the new benefits and protections that they’re going to receive as we implement this law, then health care reform won’t make much of a difference in their lives,” Obama said. “…We’ve got to spread the word, particularly among women, particularly among young women, who are the ones who are most likely to benefit from these laws.  We need all the women who come through your doors telling their children, their husbands, and the folks in their neighborhoods about their health care options.  We need all the college students who come through your doors to call up their friends and post on Facebook talking about the protections and benefits that are kicking in.”

He apologized that he “could not be at the party yesterday” as he was still in Texas: “I understand it was a little wild.”

“But as all of you know, obviously, we’ve gone through a pretty tough week and a half, and I was down in Texas, letting the people of West, Texas, know that we all love them and care about them in their time of grieving,” Obama said, getting a round of applause from the crowd.

“No matter how great the challenge, no matter how fierce the opposition, if there’s one thing the past few years have shown, it’s that Planned Parenthood is not going anywhere.  It’s not going anywhere today,” he said. “It’s not going anywhere tomorrow.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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“But as all of you know, obviously, we’ve gone through a pretty tough week and a half, and I was down in Texas, letting the people of West, Texas, know that we all love them and care about them in their time of grieving,”

Forgot to mention the DNC fundraiser he was headed for when he was side tracked to attend the West memorial. What a douche.
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Yes, there are a great many people, Obama voters, who think Planned Parenthood is all about women's health. Abortion is believed by many to be good for women's health. That's a modern myth from the same kind of myth makers that gave us AGW, Anthropogenic Global Warming. In truth, abortion is bad for women's health, and having babies is good for it. And Obama, the consummate liar, goes on lying.
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The word "baby" will never, never be uttered at a Planned Parenthood event. Instead, the speeches are laced with tortured platitudes because they can't admit that they are extinguishing human life.
51 weeks ago
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Another cringe-inducing speech from Obama. I guess we should be grateful that he hasn't yet begun to call abortion physician-assisted suicide. I man, this is a man who referred to the potential pregnancy of one of his daughters as "punishment".
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I wonder if obama's daughters have any inkling as to how lucky they are to have been born considering his opinion that pregnancy is 'punishment'.
50 weeks ago
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“But as all of you know, obviously, we’ve gone through a pretty tough week and a half, and I was down in Texas, letting the people of West, Texas, know that we all love them and care about them in their time of grieving,”

Forgot to mention the DNC fundraiser he was headed for when he was side tracked to attend the West memorial. What a douche.
51 weeks ago
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Man, I was right! Anyone who hates Obama IS a racist AND a hypocrite scumbag!


Who are you racist scumbags to judge the President! You have no right to judge, nor to you speak for God! You are NOT God's messenger, just and ignorant biblethumping, gun-loving racist!

Actually your "God" has condoned the murder of entire people's. Try reading your Bible next time. Genocide and the murder of the innocent are all advocated or carried out by "God" in the OT where the fundamentalists get their God hates homosexuality nonsense from.

We all sin and fall short of the glory of The Lord. However this doesn'tequate to being evil. Nor is our President Obama evil, no matter how the opposition spins it.
Obama's not a professional liar
51 weeks ago
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PjMedia is going to have to start charging to keep the riffraff out.
51 weeks ago
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"there’s still those who want to turn back the clock to policies more suited to the 1950s than the 21st century."
You mean like having dirty clinics giving unsanitary abortions that put women's lives in danger and may involve infanticide?
51 weeks ago
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There is a woman in Florida who is facing 5 years in prison because she was too poor to take her dog to the vet but we have a homicidal maniac killing babies left and right and we're not sure he did anything wrong?

Our society is SICK!
51 weeks ago
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Yes, there are a great many people, Obama voters, who think Planned Parenthood is all about women's health. Abortion is believed by many to be good for women's health. That's a modern myth from the same kind of myth makers that gave us AGW, Anthropogenic Global Warming. In truth, abortion is bad for women's health, and having babies is good for it. And Obama, the consummate liar, goes on lying.
51 weeks ago
51 weeks ago Link To Comment
Man, I was right! Anyone who hates Obama IS a racist AND a hypocrite scumbag!


Who are you racist scumbags to judge the President! You have no right to judge, nor to you speak for God! You are NOT God's messenger, just and ignorant biblethumping, gun-loving racist!

Actually your "God" has condoned the murder of entire people's. Try reading your Bible next time. Genocide and the murder of the innocent are all advocated or carried out by "God" in the OT where the fundamentalists get their God hates homosexuality nonsense from.

We all sin and fall short of the glory of The Lord. However this doesn'tequate to being evil. Nor is our President Obama evil, no matter how the opposition spins it.
Obama's not a professional liar
51 weeks ago
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Fast and Furious, Pigford, Benghazi, Ft. Hood, Acorn, Solyndra, .. etc.
Obama is so corrupt, so dishonest, such an affront to the truth. Unfortunately, a petulant, unintelligent, bible ignorant, self absorbed homosexual, such as yourself, cannot acknowledge it.
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