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Obama says the 39 th anniversary of Roe v. Wade is the chance to recognize the “fundamental constitutional right” to abortion and to “continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights,freedoms,and opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.”
As a state lawmaker in Illinois,he voted four times against legislation to protect the life of a baby that survived a botched abortion. He voted against such legislation at the state level in 2001,2002 and 2003.
The 2003 bill was assigned to the Illinois Senate Health and Human Services Committee,which Obama chaired at the time. It mirrored a law passed by Congress,which said nothing in federal law should be construed to undermine the Roe v. Wade ruling.
“While this is a sensitive and often divisive issue -- no matter what our views, we must stay united in our determination to prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant woman and mothers, reduce the need for abortion, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption,” Obama said.