Hell, yeah: Obama on "Roe vs. Wade"

The president offers an eloquent endorsement of the right to choose -- and of women's rights in general.

By Sarah Hepola

Published January 22, 2009 9:05PM (EST)

Earlier today, we reported on anti-abortion protests going on for the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Here is Barack Obama's official statement on the matter, which voices strong and unambiguous support not only for the right to choose but also for women's rights, period. We could tell you more about it, but well, it speaks for itself:

"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."


That sound you hear? It's the Broadsheet staff smacking a collective high five.

You can read more good news from our president in his agenda for women posted on the White House web site.

Sarah Hepola

Sarah Hepola is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, "Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget."

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