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President Obama's ass-kicking official statement on repro rights...and other outstanding news

There's a whole page devoted to the administration's agenda on women's issues. Health care, reproductive rights, economic issues, poverty, education...

And the President is scheduled to lift the Global Gag Rule today (how much do I love writing that!) The interesting part of it was that he didn't do it on the Roe v Wade anniversary like other new presidents have done. One theory is that it was out of respect for the anti-choice people, or he didn't want it to get lost in all the Roe anniversary news. Either way, YAY!

Here's President Obama's official statement on reproductive rights:
"On the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we are reminded that this decision not only protects women’s health and reproductive freedom, but stands for a broader principle: that government should not intrude on our most private family matters. I remain committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose.

While this is a sensitive and often divisive issue, no matter what our views, we are united in our determination to prevent unintended pregnancies, reduce the need for abortion, and support women and families in the choices they make. To accomplish these goals, we must work to find common ground to expand access to affordable contraception, accurate health information, and preventative services.

On this anniversary, we must also recommit ourselves more broadly to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights and opportunities as our sons: the chance to attain a world-class education; to have fulfilling careers in any industry; to be treated fairly and paid equally for their work; and to have no limits on their dreams. That is what I want for women everywhere."