Obama defends Roe v. Wade on its anniversary

President Obama on Saturday defended the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case that declared that laws banning abortion violate the Constitution's implicit right to privacy on the 38th anniversary of that decision. In a statement, he recommitted himself to protecting Roe v. Wade from being eroded.

Pro-choice Obama is facing calls by the new House Republican majority to sign new laws that would limit access to abortion.

House Republicans on Thursday introduced two bills that seek to prohibit taxpayer funding of abortions. The first bill, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, seeks to establish a permanent, government-wide prohibition on federal subsidies for abortion and for healthcare plans that cover abortion. The second bill the GOP leadership is backing is the Protect Life Act, which seeks to rewrite provisions of the healthcare reform law to ensure that it does not allow for taxpayer funding of abortion.

“Today marks the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that protects women’s health and reproductive freedom, and affirms a fundamental principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters,” Obama said.

“I am committed to protecting this constitutional right,” he said.

In a nod to pro-life Americans and those who are pro-choice but uncomfortable with abortion, Obama also said he is committed to doing more to prevent unwanted pregnancies and promote adoption.

“I also remain committed to policies, initiatives, and programs that help prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant women and mothers, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption.  And on this anniversary, I hope that we will recommit ourselves more broadly to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights, the same freedoms, and the same opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams,” he said.