President Barack Obama apparently believes touting his extensive pro-abortion record and his mandate requiring religious groups to pay for birth control and abortion-causing drugs for their employees are winning campaign issues.
Obama mentioned Planned Parenthood, the nation’s biggest abortion business, and the controversial mandate a majority of Americans oppose on three separate occasions during campaign stops last week.
According to White House transcripts of his speeches, Obama said in Iowa on Thursday:
“We don’t need another political fight about ending a woman’s right to choose, or getting rid of Planned Parenthood or taking away affordable birth control. We don’t need that. I want women to control their own health choices, just like I want my daughters to have the same economic opportunities as my sons. We’re not turning back the clock. We’re not going back there.”
In California on Wednesday, the pro-abortion president said virtually the same thing:
“We don’t need another political fight about ending a woman’s right to choose, or getting rid of Planned Parenthood, or taking away access to affordable birth control,” Obama said. “I want women to control their own health care choices, just like I want my daughters to have the same opportunities as my sons. We’re not rolling back the clock.”
And in Denver on Wednesday, Obama repeated the campaign speech lines:
“We certainly don’t need another political fight about ending a woman’s right to choose, or get rid of Planned Parenthood, or taking away affordable birth control. I want women to control their own health choices, just like I want my daughters to have the same opportunities as your sons.”
Obama’s positions are at odds with the majority of the American people.
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A majority of Americans, in a new Rasmussen Reports national poll, oppose the Obama HHS mandate. The latest telephone survey finds that 51% of likely voters do not believe the government should require churches or other organizations to provide contraceptives if it violates their deeply held religious beliefs.
Seventy-three percent (73%) of Republicans and 55% of voters not affiliated with either of the major parties do not think the government should force churches and other organizations to violate their religious beliefs to provide contraceptive coverage. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of Democrats disagree.
And a recent Gallup poll indicated fifty-nine percent of Americans say abortion should be illegal in most or all circumstances. The poll found 39 percent said abortion should be legal only in a few circumstances and 20 percent said it should be illegal in all circumstances, for a total of 59 percent who want all or most abortions illegal.
By contrast, 25 percent said abortion should be legal in all circumstances and 13 percent said it should be legal in most circumstances. That’s a mere 38 percent, less than four in ten Americans, who say all or most abortions should remain legal.
Just 12 percent agree with pro-abortion President Barack Obama saying “abortion should be available to a woman any time she wants one during her entire pregnancy.”