Today marks the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that protects women’s health and reproductive freedom, and affirms a fundamental principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters.
I am committed to protecting this constitutional right. I also remain committed to policies, initiatives, and programs that help prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant women and mothers, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption.
And on this anniversary, I hope that we will recommit ourselves more broadly to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights, the same freedoms, and the same opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams. Barack Obama, January 22, 2011
Let’s examine a few items with his statement, the inconsistencies with words and actions are astounding:
“ government should not intrude on private family matters.” Unless:
a. It is to force you under penalty of law to buy health insurance.
b. It is to tell us what light bulbs we must use in our private family residence.
c. It is to require 1099s for anyone who is paid more than $600 per year.
etc. The government intrudes in private family matters daily. President Obama is right that the Federal government should not do so, but back it up with actions and consistency.
“our daughters have the same rights, the same freedoms, and the same opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams”
I certainly agree with the quoted statement. By this logic, though, if one parent does not agree to the pregnancy, then they should not be bound to support the child or the other parent. The burden on the “son’s” “rights, freedoms, opportunities, and dreams” is not negligible, in fact it is as much as the “daughter’s”. “Sons” have no rights now to demand an abortion in order to “fulfill their dreams” nor do the “sons” have the right to fulfill their dreams.