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                                            Sen. Barack Obama's Record on Choice
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                                                                 Sen. Obama is fully pro-choice. In his own words:

                                                                 "A woman's ability to decide how many children to have and when, without
                                                                 interference from the government, is one of the most fundamental rights we
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                                            possess. It is not just an issue of choice, but equality and opportunity for all women.

                                            "I have consistently advocated for reproductive choice and will make preserving women's rights
                                            under Roe v. Wade a priority as President. I oppose any constitutional amendment to overturn
                                            the Supreme Court's ruling in this case.
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                                            "I believe we must work together to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies. I support
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                                            legislation to expand access to contraception, health information, and preventative services to
                                            help reduce unintended pregnancies. That is why I co-sponsored the Prevention First Act of
                                            2007, which will increase funding for family planning and comprehensive sex education that
          Enter ZIP                         teaches both abstinence and safe sex methods. It will also end insurance discrimination against
                                            contraception, improve awareness about emergency contraception, and provide compassionate
                                            assistance to rape victims.

                                            "Finally, I support the enactment and enforcement of laws that help prevent violence,
                                            intimidation, and harassment directed at reproductive health providers and their patients."
                                            [Statement submitted on NARAL Pro-Choice America's request, May 14, 2007]
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        Any                                 Voting Record:
                                            Sen. Obama received the following scores on NARAL Pro-Choice America's Congressional Record
                                            on Choice.

                                            2007: 100 percent
                                            2006: 100 percent
                                            2005: 100 percent

                                            Public Statements about Choice:
                                            A selection of Sen. Obama's public statements on this issue is below.

                                                l   "Thirty-five years after the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, it's never been more
                                                    important to protect a woman's right to choose... Throughout my career, I've been a
                                                    consistent and strong supporter of reproductive justice, and have consistently had a
                                                    100% pro-choice rating with Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America... I
                                                    believe in and have supported common-sense solutions like increasing access to
                                                    affordable birth control to help prevent unintended pregnancies... As President, I will
                                                    improve access to affordable health care and work to ensure that our teens are getting
                                                    the information and services they need to stay safe and healthy."
                                                    [From a statement by Sen. Obama on the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, January 22, 2008.
                                                    Full statement is available here:

                                                l   "You know, I think that most Americans recognize that this is a profoundly difficult issue
                                                    for the women and families who make these decisions. They don't make them
                                                    casually. And I trust women to make these decisions in conjunction with their doctors and
                                                    their families and their clergy."
                                                    [Transcript from Democratic Presidential Debate in South Carolina, MSNBC, April 26, 2007.]

                                                l   "I strongly disagree with today's Supreme Court ruling, which dramatically departs from
                                                    previous precedents safeguarding the health of pregnant women. As Justice Ginsburg
                                                    emphasized in her dissenting opinion, this ruling signals an alarming willingness on the
                                                    part of the conservative majority to disregard its prior rulings respecting a woman's
                                                    medical concerns and the very personal decisions between a doctor and patient. I am
                                                    extremely concerned that this ruling will embolden state legislatures to enact further
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                                      measures to restrict a woman's right to choose, and that the conservative Supreme Court
                                      justices will look for other opportunities to erode Roe v. Wade, which is established
                                      federal law and a matter of equal rights for women."
                                      [Statement from Sen. Obama on Supreme Court Decision upholding Federal Abortion Ban, April
                                      18, 2007,
                                      (accessed May 4, 2007).]

                                  l   "I explained my belief that few women made the decision to terminate a pregnancy
                                      casually; that any pregnant woman felt the full force of the moral issues involved and
                                      wrestled with her conscience when making that decision; that I feared a ban on abortion
                                      would force women to seek unsafe abortions, as they had once done in this country."
                                      [Barack Obama, excerpt from The Audacity of Hope published in Time Magazine, October 15,
                                      2006,,9171,1546298,00.html (accessed April 28,

                              In the News:

                              'Sex and the City' actor speaks out for Obama in Madison, Capital Times, September 7, 2008

                              Abortion divides us, again, Oregonian, September 6, 2008

                              What would really happen if abortion was left to the states, Huffington Post, September 5, 2008

                              An All-Out Battle for Women's Votes Begins, Washington Post, August 30, 2008

                              Obama To Take On McCain Abortion Record, The New York Sun, August 29, 2008
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