(CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama said today America needs "more immigrants" to increase the number of people who pay taxes to the federal government and to populate the national workforce.
That contrasts with the arguments he made at a recent Planned Parenthood conference, where he ridiculed efforts to limit abortion and called on the conferees to help make sure that all American women knew that a regulation his administration has issued under Obamacare requires that insurance companies provide them with free contraceptives.
The number of abortions that has taken place in the United States over the past 40 years is about five times as great as the population of illegal aliens the president would like to legalize.
In his weekly address on Saturday, Obama called on the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to pass the immigration bill recently passed by the Senate. "It would offer a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million people who are in this country illegally" and "would also provide a big boost to our recovery," Obama said.
Unless America legalizes illegal immigrants, Obama argued, the nation's workforce will "shrink."
"If we don’t do anything to fix our broken system, our workforce will continue to shrink as baby boomers retire," he said.
"And without more immigrants and businesses paying their fair share in taxes, our deficit will be higher and programs like Social Security will be under more strain," said Obama.
When he spoke at the Planned Parenthood conference on April 26, Obama took a different approach to the question of whether America needs more human beings.
"There’s still those who want to turn back the clock to policies more suited to the 1950s than the 21st century," Obama told the Planned Parenthood conferees.
"Forty-two states have introduced laws that would ban or severely limit access to a woman’s right to choose--laws that would make it harder for women to get the contraceptive care that they need," said Obama.
"Forty years after the Supreme Court affirmed a woman’s constitutional right to privacy, including the right to choose, we shouldn’t have to remind people that when it comes to a woman’s health, no politician should get to decide what’s best for you," said Obama. "No insurer should get to decide what kind of care that you get."
"That principle is at the heart of the Affordable Care Act," he said. "Because of the ACA, most insurance plans are now covering the cost of contraceptive care."
Under an Obamacare regulation issued by Obama's administration, all health-care plans (except those provided by houses of worship and their immediate auxiliaries) must provide cost-free coverage for sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs.
Obama asked Planned Parenthood to help make sure that people know about this mandated coverage.
"Make sure that they know that there are plans out there right now that cover the cost of contraceptive and preventive care free of charge," said Obama.
In order to make up for the American lives lost by abortion, the Obama administration would need to find about five times as many immigrants as the 11 million illegal aliens Obama said today could be legalized by the Senate bill. According to the Guttmacher Institute, there were about 50 million abortions in the United States between 1973, when the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, and 2008. The institute said that at that time abortions were occurring at a rate of well over a million per year.