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Location - Date: WASHINGTON - April 26
1. SOUNDBITE: President Barack Obama
"so, I'm here to also ask for your help because we need to get the word out. We need you to tell your patients, your friends, your neighbors, your family members what the health care law means for them. Make sure they know that if they don't have health insurance, they'll be able to sign-up for quality affordable health insurance starting this fall in an online marketplace where private insurers will compete for their business. Make sure that they know, that there are plans out there right now that cover the cost of contraception and preventive care free of charge. We've got to spread the word, particularly among women, particularly among young women, who are the ones who are most likely to benefit from these laws. We need all the women who come through your doors telling their children their husbands and their folks in their neighborhood about their health care options. We need all college students who come through your doors to call up their friends and post on Facebook talking about the protections and benefits that are kicking in.
"planned Parenthood is not going anywhere. It's not going anywhere today, it's not going anywhere tomorrow. As long as we've got to fight to make sure that women have access to quality affordable health care and as long as we've got to fight to protect a woman's right to make her own choices about her own health I want you to know that you've also got a president who's going to be right there with you fighting every step of the way."
President Barack Obama vowed Friday to fight with Planned Parenthood against what he said were efforts across the country to turn women's health back to the 1950s.
Obama's comments were the first to be delivered by a sitting president before the abortion-rights group. He lauded the group's nearly 100 years of service to women, providing cancer screenings, contraceptives and other health services.
"When politicians try to turn Planned Parenthood into a punching bag, they're not just talking about you," he said. "They're talking about the millions of women who you serve."
Obama asserted that "an assault on women's rights" is underway across the country, with bills being introduced in nearly every state legislature to limit or ban abortion or restrict access to birth control.
"The fact is, after decades of progress, there's still those who want to turn back the clock to policies more suited to the 1950s than the 21st Century," Obama said. "And they've been involved in an orchestrated and historic effort to roll back basic rights when it comes to women's health."
Obama says he fought for his health care law to ensure individuals have the right to make their own medical choices. He's asking medical providers and abortion rights supporters to "get the word out" about the law's benefits.
He encouraged those gathered to continue fighting for abortion rights. "You've also got a president who is going to be right there with you, fighting every step of the way," Obama said.