"Tonight we celebrate the historic Roe v. Wade decision handed down 40 years ago, but we also gather to recommit ourselves to the decision's guiding principle: that women should be able to make their own choices about their bodies and their health care," Obama said.
He added, "We reaffirm our steadfast commitment to protecting women's access to safe, affordable health care, and her right to reproductive freedom because we know that we are better off as a nation when women are treated fairly and equally in every aspect of life."
The event also welcomed new NARAL President Ilyse Hogue, who is replacing Nancy Keenan. Obama thanked Keenan, whom he called "a friend and counselor," and said he looks forward to continuing to work with NARAL (Smith, Politico, 2/5).
Former Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter was the keynote speaker at the event. Cutter said that conservatives "misread their mandate after the 2010 elections" and "thought that 2012 would mean an even better year for that extreme agenda." She added that they "nominated Senate candidates who didn't understand that rape actually can cause pregnancy."
Cutter also noted new legislation (HR 217) co-sponsored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) would block funding to Planned Parenthood. "[I]f their own failed vice-presidential nominee is still trying to roll back the clock, you tell me, did they really learn the less[on] of the 2012 election?" she asked (Sonmez, "Post Politics," Washington Post, 2/5).
Debra Ness, publisher & president, National Partnership
Andrea Friedman, associate editor & director of reproductive health programs, National Partnership
Marya Torrez, associate editor & senior reproductive health policy counsel, National Partnership
Melissa Safford, associate editor & policy advocate for reproductive health, National Partnership
Perry Sacks, assistant editor & health program associate, National Partnership
Cindy Romero, assistant editor & communications assistant, National Partnership
Justyn Ware, editor
Amanda Wolfe, editor-in-chief
Heather Drost, Hanna Jaquith, Marcelle Maginnis, Ashley Marchand and Michelle Stuckey, staff writers
Tucker Ball, director of new media, National Partnership