President Obama believes that women – not politicians – should be able to make personal, private health-care decisions, including whether to have an abortion. While in office, he has worked to improve women’s health and defend against anti-choice legislative attacks.
- His health-care law – the Affordable Care Act – will provide:1
- Near-universal coverage of maternity and prenatal care
- Insurance coverage of contraception without a copay
- Better coverage of cancer screenings, mammograms, and other preventive services
- He showed his support for medically accurate sex education by including it in his first-ever budget outline.2 He also cut failed "abstinence-only" programs and replaced this funding with teen-pregnancy-prevention programs.3
- Pledged to veto two far-reaching anti-choice bills, H.R.3 and H.R.358, that passed the U.S. House of Representatives.4 H.R.3 could force rape survivors who choose abortion care to prove to an Internal Revenue Service agent that they were sexually assaulted, while H.R.358 would let hospitals refuse to provide emergency abortion care to women who would die without it.
The president is a vocal defender of women’s freedom and privacy.
- On the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, President Obama issued a strong statement in support of the decision: "[A]s we remember this historic anniversary, we must also continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dream."5
- Following the defeat of the "personhood" ballot measure in Mississippi, the White House issued the following statement: "The president believes that extreme amendments like this would do real damage to a woman’s constitutional right to make her own health care decisions, including some very personal decisions on contraception and family planning."6