(CNSNews.com) – First lady Michelle Obama – after speaking about the importance of contraception and that “women can make our own decisions about our bodies” – proclaimed to an Ohio crowd that, “Every single child in this country is worthy.”
“We want to give all our children opportunities worthy of their promise – because all of our kids are worthy,” Michelle Obama said. “Every single child in this country is worthy. We want our children to have that sense of limitless possibility; the belief that here in America, the greatest country on the planet, there is always something better out there if you’re willing to work for it.”
The first lady talked about the HHS mandate at a rally Monday in Cleveland, Ohio. Both her husband President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are fiercely competing for the battleground state’s electoral votes.
“Because of health care reform, insurance companies now have to cover basic preventative care – things like contraception, cancer screenings with no out of pocket cost,” Michelle Obama said.
She went on to stress her husband’s regard for women’s issues, including fair pay.
“And trust me, today as a father of two girls, he knows what it means to want our daughters to have the same freedoms and opportunities as our sons, and that’s why the very first bill he signed as president was to make sure women got equal pay for equal work – the first thing he did,” Michele Obama said.
“And that is why he will always, always fight to make sure that we as women can make our own decisions about our bodies and our health care – always,” she added.
The first lady continued by talking about children.
“We want to give all our children opportunities worthy of their promise – because all of our kids are worthy,” Michele Obama said. “Every single child in this country is worthy. We want our children to have that sense of limitless possibility; the belief that here in America, the greatest country on the planet, there is always something better out there if you’re willing to work for it.”
A Gallup poll this week found Romney nearly on parity with Obama among women voters. The president’s campaign had previously had a gender gap in their favor.
This year, Obama directed the Department of Health and Human Services to mandate that insurance provide free coverage of abortifacients, sterilization and contraception.
Further, the Democratic Party platform states that the party supports abortion without restrictions and at taxpayers’ expense.
“The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay,” said the platform adopted at the 2012 Democratic National Convention last September in Charlotte.
“We oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right. Abortion is an intensely personal decision between a woman, her family, her doctor, and her clergy; there is no place for politicians or government to get in the way. We also recognize that health care and education help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and thereby also reduce the need for abortions,” the platform said.
“We strongly and unequivocally support a woman’s decision to have a child by providing affordable health care and ensuring the availability of and access to programs that help women during pregnancy and after the birth of a child, including caring adoption programs,” the platform added.