In his remarks to the 2013 National Planned Parenthood Conference in Washington on Friday, President Barack Obama vowed to fight to ensure the rights organization’s survival and to turn back efforts by conservatives to restrict women’s access to contraceptives, gynecological exams, abortions an other services.
He also enjoined the crowd to help spread information about Planned Parenthood, the Affordable Care Act and programs that are available to women across the country.
“We’ve got to spread the word, particularly among young women,” he said, because young women are the ones with the most to gain from the new 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.”
The president went on to tell stories about women whose lives were saved or helped by Planned Parenthood, women who were able to access the health care that they needed when they couldn’t find it anywhere else.
“So every day, in every state, in every center that Planned Parenthood operates, there are stories like those,” he said, “lives you’ve saved, women you’ve empowered, families that you’ve strengthened. That’s why, 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. It’s not going anywhere tomorrow.”
He concluded, “Thank you, Planned Parenthood. God bless you. God bless America. Thank you.”
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