“In the United States of America, every child should have every chance in life, every chance at happiness, and every chance at success,” Obama said in the proclamation.
In March 2003, then-Illinois’ State Senator Obama chaired the committee that considered the Born-Alive Infants Protection bill (SB 1082), which he voted to kill.
According to the National Right to Life Committee, the state legislation that Obama voted against is almost identical to the federal legislation that protects children who survive an abortion that became law in 2002.
On April 26, 2013, Obama became the first sitting president to address Planned Parenthood at its annual gala.
“I want to thank all of you for the remarkable work that you’re doing day in, day out in providing quality health care to women all across America,” Obama said in his remarks at the event.
According to Planned Parenthood’s latest report for fiscal year 2012-2013, women who aborted their unborn children at a Planned Parenthood-affiliated clinic totaled 327,166.
“Raising a healthy next generation is both a moral obligation and a national imperative,” Obama said in his proclamation. “That is why my administration is building awareness, strengthening responses to child abuse, and translating science and research -- what we know works for kids and families -- into practice.”