Obama: ‘Every Life Has Value’

October 15, 2012 - 1:05 PM

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President Barack Obama walks with Cesar Chavez' widow Helen F. Chavez, left, and Dolores Huerta, Co-Founder of the United Farm Workers, as they tour the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument Memorial Garden, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in Keene, Calif. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama told a California crowd last week that migrant worker activist Cesar Chavez’s gift is a “reminder that we are all God’s children, that every life has value.”

“It’s people,” Obama said. “More than higher wages or better working conditions, that was Cesar’s gift to us – a reminder that we are all God’s children, that every life has value, that, in the words of one of his heroes, Dr. King, ‘we are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.’”

“Where there had once been despair, Cesar gave workers a reason to hope,” Obama said in remarks Oct. 8 at the dedication of the Cesar Chavez National Monument in Keene, Calif.

The president quoted Chavez, “‘What the growers don't know,’ he said, ‘is that it’s not bananas or grapes or lettuce. It's people.”

A hallmark of Obama’s presidency has been ensuring federal funding for Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. One of his first acts as president was overturning the Mexico City policy.

Most recently, he pushed a mandate from the Department of Health and Human Services requiring all insurance to cover the cost of abortifacients, sterilization and contraception.