President Barack Obama, today, release a statement celebrating the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision that allowed for 54 million abortions. The decision, handed down on January 22, 1973, overturned pro-life laws offering protection for unborn children in most states across the country, and made abortions legal and virtually unlimited.

The statement Obama released says:

As we mark the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we must remember that this Supreme Court decision not only protects a woman’s health and reproductive freedom, but also affirms a broader principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters.  I remain committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose and this fundamental constitutional right.  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.  And as we remember this historic anniversary, we must also continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.

For most Americans, the day the Supreme Court handed down its decision was a day to mourn — a day to mourn the loss of tens of millions of unborn children — sons and daughters, brothers and sisters lost to a world that values choice over compassion. It was a day to mourn the damage abortion does to women — the medical problems, the mental health issues, the damaging of relationships with friends and family, and the destruction of relationships with God.

Last May, Gallup released the results of a new poll confirming, for the third time in the last year, that more Americans call themselves pro-life than “pro-choice” on abortion.  The consistency of the new polling data showing more Americans pro-life than supporting abortion is enough to make Gallup call this the “new normal” in the United States.  In 1996, 56 percent of Americans said they were “pro-choice” while 33 percent of Americans said they were “pro-life.” That’s a 23 percent pro-abortion majority.  Now, with 47 percent of Americans saying they are pro-life and 45 percent saying they support abortion — we have a 2 percent pro-life plurality. We’ve swung public opinion 25 percent towards the pro-life side in the last 14 years.

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