By Kyle Balluck - 02/06/13 02:49 AM EST
Obama thanked the powerful abortion-rights organization’s outgoing president, Nancy Keenan, calling her a “friend and counselor to me and my administration.”
“I couldn’t be prouder of the work each of you is doing to make this world a fairer and more just place for all Americans. And I look forward to continuing that work with you in the years ahead,” Obama said.
Obama’s former deputy campaign manager, Stephanie Cutter, delivered the keynote address at the Washington Hilton hotel.
A poll last month found record support for abortion rights.
Seven in 10 adults said the Supreme Court should not overturn its landmark decision establishing abortion rights, according to a the Wall Street Journal/NBC poll.
That was the highest level of support for Roe v. Wade in the poll's 24 years of tracking the question.