Video: Obama addresses Planned Parenthood

President Obama addressed Planned Parenthood’s national conference today. He reassured them that he stands with them in the fight to keep safe and affordable healthcare accessible.

 “Planned Parenthood is not going anywhere. It’s not going anywhere today. it’s not going anywhere tomorrow.”

Which is a relief because I’m due for my annual! But anyway…

He also shamed anti choice laws that have been aggressively limiting women’s access to abortions in several states across the country.

“In North Dakota, they passed a law that outlaws your right to choose starting as early as six weeks, even if a woman is raped. A woman may not even know she’s pregnant at six weeks. In Mississippi, a ballot initiative was put forward that would not only outlaw your right to choose, but could have had all sorts of other far-reaching consequences, like cutting off your access to fertility treatments and making certain forms of contraception a crime. That’s absurd, and it’s wrong.”

He even made a funny about it:

“When you read about some of these laws you want to check the calendar. You want to make sure you’re still living in 2013″

So witty. We have a president that believes in women making their own decisions about their own health and bodies, including the right to have an abortion. I’m ok with that.

Feministing's resident "sexpert", Sesali is a published writer and professional shit talker. She is a queer Black girl, fat girl, and trainer. She was the former Training Director at the United States Student Association and later a member of the Youth Organizing team at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She received her bachelors in Women's and Gender Studies from Depaul University in 2012 and is currently pursuing a master's in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta. A self identified "trap" feminist, and trained with a reproductive justice background, her interests include the intersections of feminism and: pop culture, youth culture, social media, hip hop, girlhood, sexuality, race, gender, and Beyonce. Sesali joined the team in 2010 as one of the winners of our So You Think You Can Blog contest.

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  • Felise

    Thank you for this post. I am also glad have a president that believes in women making their own decisions about their own health and bodies. I am a pro-choice supporter and agreed with our President’s message. I am also not surprised he took this moment to be witty. However, I was most impressed with his request from people to spread the word about the Affordable Care Act. What good is this new legislation if people do not know about it or do not have access? I think the President’s suggestion is vital to put an end to the “war against women.” However, I am curious how the Act will affect states such as North Dakota and Mississippi. What is the plan or suggestion for these States? I am also not as convinced as the President that “Planned Parenthood” is not going anywhere. Our President is certainly on board, but what about these state representatives. I suppose it’s our job to convince them and hold them accountable.