Obama Becomes First Sitting President to Address Planned Parenthood

The president told Planned Parenthood that both he—and the Affordable Care Act—support women's reproductive rights.

By Dara Sharif


President Obama last week reassured Planned Parenthood and its supporters that they had his full support when it comes to defending a woman's right to choose.

"When it comes to a woman's health, no politician should get to decide what's best for you," Obama said during Planned Parenthood's annual national conference in Washington, D.C. "The only person who should get to make decisions about your health is you."

He said he would work to stop opponents' efforts to block federal funding for the group because it provides abortions among an array of women's health services, including screenings for cancer and sexually transmitted diseases.

Obama's remarks, the first by a sitting President before the organization, come as lawmakers in more than 40 states have introduced bills to make it harder to get abortions.

"After decades of progress, there are still those who want to turn back the clock to policies more suited to the 1950s than the 21st century," the President said.

A woman's right to make her own reproductive health choices is one of the foundations of the Affordable Care Act, said Obama. He urged Planned Parenthood to help spread the word about how the new law works.

"Planned Parenthood is not going anywhere," the President assured the group. "It's not going anywhere today, it's not going anywhere tomorrow."

Women helped Obama get reelected, supporting him by a margin of 55 percent. Part of his appeal was his stand on issues such as reproductive rights.

REUTERS

Trump Administration Issues Rule Further Watering Down Obamacare

Administration has used its regulatory power to undermine Obamacare after the Republican-controlled Congress last year failed to repeal and replace the law.

(Reuters) — The Trump administration took additional steps to weaken Obamacare on Monday, allowing U.S. states to relax the rules on what insurers must cover and giving states more power to regulate their individual insurance markets.

Read More Show Less
YOUTUBE

John Lewis, Barack Obama Share MLK's Legacy with Young Leaders

"It was a very sad and dark time for me. He was my leader, he was my inspiration," Lewis said of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination 50 years ago.

"Fifty years ago today, I was with Robert Kennedy in Indianapolis when we heard that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had been shot and killed," Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.) wrote in a message released Wednesday morning.

Read More Show Less
REUTERS

Fifty Years After King's Death, Civil Rights Leaders Lament Trump's Rise

"They were afraid to show their ugly heads in a prominent way. Now, Trump has given them a voice and created a climate where they are not afraid to show their ugly heads," said a former King associate.

(Reuters) — A half century after the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights leaders say they are fearful President Donald Trump could reverse progress made on civil rights in the United States since King's death.

The racism that King's leadership helped subdue has returned, said E. Lynn Brown, a former associate of King's who is bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church near Memphis, Tenn., pointing to a resurgence of white supremacists since Trump launched his campaign for president.

Read More Show Less
REUTERS

Obamas Handwritten Note: Parkland Survivors Have 'Helped Awaken the Conscience of the Nation'

"We wanted to let you know how inspired we have been by the resilience, resolve and solidarity that you have all shown in the wake of unspeakable tragedy," the Obamas wrote.

Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama expressed their support for the survivors-turned-activists hailing from Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

Read More Show Less
U.S. Army

Millie Dunn Veasey: Member of WWII Battalion of Black Women Dies at 100

Veasey served overseas with the "Six Triple Eight."

In December 1942, a year after the U.S. had joined World War II, Millie Dunn Veasey saw posters urging women to join the U.S. Army, but they all featured white women in uniform.

Read More Show Less
REUTERS

Barack Obama in Talks to Create Shows for Netflix

Obama will not use his Netflix shows to respond to President Donald Trump or conservative critics, and has instead talked about producing shows highlighting inspirational stories, according to the New York Times.

(Reuters) — Former President Barack Obama is in advanced talks with Netflix to produce a series of high-profile shows, the New York Times reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Read More Show Less