In a videotaped address to the NARAL pro-abortion group last night, President Barack Obama told the organization that he celebrates the Roe v. Wade decision, that has resulted in well over 55 million abortions.
“Tonight we celebrate the historic Roe v. Wade decision handed down 40 years ago, but we also gather to recommit ourselves to the decision’s guiding principle: that women should be able to make their own choices about their bodies and their health care,” Obama said in the videotaped message.
“Tonight we celebrate the historic Roe v. Wade decision handed down 40 years ago, but we also gather to recommit ourselves to the decision’s guiding principle: that women should be able to make their own choices about their bodies and their health care,”
According to a Politico report, Obama thanked outgoing NARAL president Nancy Keenan, calling her abortion activist “a friend and counselor to me and my administration,” and welcoming the new NARAL president, left-wing political activist Ilyse Hogue.
“And I welcome Ilyse Hogue, who we know will continue Nancy’s legacy of outstanding leadership of this organization,” Obama said.
During the dinner Hogue said abortion is “foundational to every other thing we want to achieve” in a video released Tuesday by NARAL called “Meet Ilyse Hogue.”
“That’s why they attack our right to choose when, and how, and with whom we have a family,” Hogue said in the video, referring to those who disagree with her politically. “That freedom to decide is foundational to every other thing we want to achieve for ourselves, our families, and our country.”
“The rise of the tea party has surfaced a real desire on the part of a few to ramp up restrictions on women’s freedom and to do what I call ‘stuff the genie back in the bottle,’” Hogue said in the video.
However, Hogue accused Mitt Romney of wanting to have rape victims “thrown into the water.”
“While [Paul] Ryan allows lesser candidates like Akin to carry the water on extreme views held by the right-wing patriarchy, his equally radical views become mainstreamed as his anti-woman credentials are embraced by the party leadership. If we don’t stop laughing and start drawing hard lines around scientific reality, how many Akins will it take before we see a President Romney ordering rape victims thrown into the water to see if they float?” Hogue wrote last year.
Keenan and Obama have been buddy buddy since his election in November 2008 and Obama invited Keenan for one of the Christmas parties it hosted on December 14. The logs show Keenan and the president of Planned Parenthood getting big access.
Obama hosted a party with 661 total people at the “Holiday Reception” party honoring Christmas and other holidays in mid-late December. Keenan received an invitation to the event, which took place during the late afternoon and evening hours.
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But that was hardly the only time Keenan has been to the White House since Obama took it over in January 2009. Keenan has been a guest at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue a total of 10 times during Obama’s 13 months in office.
Keenan primarily enjoys celebrations and ceremonial visits with the president — as she also appeared at a luncheon in January 2009 celebrating Obama’s election and a cocktail party on February 18, 2009.
The NARAL leader made her way to the White House again in March when Obama signed the executive order to force taxpayers to pay for embryonic stem cell research and she appeared at a May event to tout the confirmation of the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.