April 27, 2013
President Barack Obama plowed back into the “War on Women” at a speech during the Planned Parenthood annual conference Friday, blasting conservatives who have pushed to restrict abortion access at the state level.
“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,” he said. “And they’ve been involved in an orchestrated and historic effort to roll back basic rights when it comes to women’s health.”
Noting that 42 states have introduced measures to restrict or regulate abortions — and that North Dakota has effectively banned abortion altogether — Obama called the laws “absurd” and accused pro-life advocates of trying to strip women of their right to health care.
“It’s wrong. It’s an assault on women’s rights,” he said, later joking: “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.”
This article was posted: Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 5:29 am