Pres. Obama says he “couldn’t be prouder” of NARAL and Roe v Wade

Here’s a note of special interest to Catholic quislings who supported President Obama in both elections.

From LifeSite:

Obama tells NARAL activists to ‘celebrate’ Roe, says ‘I couldn’t be prouder’ of them

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 7, 2013, ( – President Barack Obama addressed abortion activists at NARAL Pro-Choice America’s annual dinner on Tuesday, saying in his videotaped remarks that he was joining them to “celebrate the historic Roe v. Wade decision handed down 40 years ago.”

“To everyone at NARAL Pro-Choice America, thank you for your tireless advocacy,” Obama said. “I couldn’t be prouder of the work each of you is doing.”

Supporters of the powerful abortion lobby paid between $3,000 and $25,000 per table to attend the event.

In his video address, Obama praised the group’s outgoing president, Nancy Keenan, calling her a “friend and counselor to me and my administration.”

He welcomed her successor, Ilyse Hogue, who in a video released this week by NARAL called legalized abortion “foundational to every other thing we want to achieve for ourselves, our families, and our country.”

Hogue attacked the conservative TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party movement in that same video, saying “The rise of the TEA Party has surfaced a real desire on the part of a few to ramp up restrictions on women’s freedom and to do what I call ‘stuff the genie back in the bottle.’”

As one of her first actions as NARAL president, Hogue last week praised the Obama administration’s controversial HHS mandate, saying it “affirms yet again the Obama administration’s commitment to fulfilling the full promise of its historic contraception policy.”

Hogue said her group will continue to publicly support the HHS mandate.

Last year, NARAL spent approximately $250,000 on radio ads backing the policy, which forces private employers to provide insurance coverage for contraception, sterilization and abortion-causing drugs to all female employees, regardless of religious objections.

“Our ultimate goal is to improve the lives of all women by providing them the freedom to choose when and whether to have children,” Hogue said. “We will watch closely as the policy is implemented by health plans in the coming months to ensure this regulation will do just that.”

The keynote speaker at the NARAL event was former Obama spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter, whom Obama complimented in his video message, calling her “an exceptional pick for pretty much any job, if I do say so myself.”

Cutter attacked Obama’s 2012 campaign opponent Mitt Romney in her remarks, along with his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan.

According to Cutter, during the 2012 elections, Obama campaign staffers would joke about Romney that “when he watched Mad Men, he thought he was watching the 11 o’clock news.”

She criticized Congressman Ryan for co-sponsoring a bill before the current Congress designed to defund abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. “Now, if their own failed vice-presidential nominee is still trying to roll back the clock, you tell me, did they really learn the lesson of the 2012 election?” asked Cutter.

Below is the full text of Obama’s video message, as printed by the The Washington Post:

Good evening, everybody.

Tonight, we celebrate the historic Roe v. Wade decision handed down 40 years ago. But we also gather to recommit ourselves to the decision’s guiding principle: that women should be able to make their own choices about their bodies and their health care. We reaffirm our steadfast commitment to protecting a woman’s access to safe, affordable health care and her right to reproductive freedom, because we know that we are better off as a nation when women are treated fairly and equally in every aspect in life, whether it’s the salary you earn or the health decisions you make. This is a country where the success of all of us depends on the empowerment of each of us, [Unless you haven’t been born.] where all Americans should have the freedom and opportunity to reach their potential. And I know that’s what you’re fighting for every day.

So, to everyone at NARAL Pro-Choice America, thank you for your tireless advocacy for the health and well-being of women and families. I’d especially like to thank your outgoing president, Nancy Keenan, who’s been a friend and counselor to me and my administration. And I welcome Ilyse Hogue, who we know will continue Nancy’s legacy of outstanding leadership of this organization. Finally, congratulations on your keynote speaker, Stephanie Cutter, an exceptional pick for pretty much any job, if I do say so myself.

I couldn’t be prouder of the work each of you is doing to make this world a fairer and more just place for all Americans. And I look forward to continuing that work with you in the years ahead.

I threw up in my mouth.

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  1. acardnal says:

    Obama makes me want to puke! And I just ate beer battered cod, too.

  2. Supertradmum says:

    How the office of presidency has sunk to this level is the shame of our nation.

  3. Dr. Edward Peters says:

    Why is it, time and again, that the more evidence some folks have of evil, the more they are inclined to explained it away as being impossible?

  4. Legisperitus says:

    When “For Greater Glory” was released last year, one reviewer sneered that you might like it if “God save us from these heathens!” is your idea of realistic dialogue.

    Lately I find myself saying that every day.

  5. wanda says:

    I wonder if he (I can’t use his name anymore) will call notorius late-term abortionist Leroy Carhart here in MD, who just killed a woman and her child in a very late term botched abortion attempt? Will he tell this murderer how proud he is of the work he is doing? I wonder if he will call the young woman’s family (she flew in from out of state for the ‘procedure’ since Maryland, I am ashamed to say, is abortion all the time any time central) and express his sincere sorrow for the death of their daughter and grandchild? How any, any medical board could know this barbaric practice and not shut these places down, is beyond imagination.

  6. Kevin says:

    “$3,000 and $25,000 per table”. Apparently you can save a lot of money to spend on parties by not having kids.

  7. maryh says:

    The “health decision” that dare not speak its name. Amazing how you can have an entire speech praising people whose entire goal is preserving access to abortion without once mentioning the word “abortion”.

  8. maryh says:

    — and that’s when you’re among people who agree with you.

  9. Supertradmum says:

    Were there any high churchmen sitting next to him for a photo opp when he said this?

    And, Dr. Peters, you are so right. I am facing this ostrich tendency daily here in Old Blighty and have lots of ostrich photos on my blog on various posts dealing with the reality of the evil of our times. Denial must be a stage of shock or stupidity.

  10. The Masked Chicken says:

    You know, I cannot picket outside of abortion clinics anymore because I get so angry that I would just get arrested for disturbing the, “peace.” I have lost my patience with these idiots. We are not to say, “You fool,” but, God for give me for asking, what else are we to say? Who told them they could do this? A stupid, blind Supreme Court? Who made SCOTUS God? These people don’t care about God. They don’t care about life. They only care about themselves, no matter how they try to dress it up.


    I have run out of polite words. Anyone else want to try?

    The Chicken

  11. ncstevem says:

    Any person who knowingly votes for pro-abortion politicians is culpable in the death of children. Catholic laymen who do so will be held to be more culpable at their judgement. Catholic priests and bishops who do so are even more culpable.

  12. ncstevem says:


    Those who vote for pro-abortion politicians are culpable in the murder of children.

  13. catholicmidwest says:

    Lots of Catholics vote Democrat for stupid hereditary reasons. They need to wake up and think. No American political party aligns perfectly with Catholic teaching. Politics and religion are two different things.

  14. The other night a young contestant from KY was on JEOPARDY. He was asked by Alex what his future plans were. His answer: to become president of the USA. He was then asked what gifts he would have to qualify him. He responded: competence and accountability. These attributes are surely lacking in the character of the incumbent.

  15. APX says:

    I want to vomit.

  16. Marie Veronica says:

    I have also noticed this ostrich tendency as things become more blatantly sick and distorted. We’re fighting on the grounds of defining basic reality. This “ostrich effect” seems inversely proportional: as evil increases in its boldness fewer people are able to recognize it or respond. Hypnotized or paralyzed?

  17. Rich says:

    I don’t think that most Catholics who support Obama would be really put off by his statements. Such people are usually liberals first, Catholics second…or third or fourth or what have you.

  18. NBW says:

    I suspect NARAL and supporters of Roe vs Wade know that they don’t have much time before the tide turns against them. There was 600,000 supporters of life in DC, and that is just a small representation of all the pro-lifers. Why is it that many women beyond the child bearing age feel the need to push the abortion agenda on to younger women? Apparently the average age of members in NARAL is 55.

  19. maryh says:

    I wouldn’t assume that.

    I’m not a liberal myself, but some liberal Catholics bought into the idea that there wasn’t much difference between Romney and Obama on abortion because they thought Romney was wishy-washy and they didn’t look at the evidence for Obama’s abortion stands. They don’t believe his vote against partial birth abortion was pro-abortion – they think it was some technicality where he was intending to (or already had) voted against it somewhere else.

    Some liberal Catholics think they have to choose between caring about the poor and caring about the unborn, and if they don’t trust someone who says they’ll protect the unborn (and face it, politicians take advantage of us by saying they will and then not delivering), they’ll fall back on what they think is caring for the poor.

  20. benedetta says:

    That couldn’t be more macabre.

  21. MKR says:

    “Some liberal Catholics think they have to choose between caring about the poor and caring about the unborn.”


    Some liberal Catholics think they have to choose between giving poor people free stuff and banning murder.

    Tough decision!

  22. JMody says:

    The horror of our President’s devotion to Moloch is compounded by the moral blindness of so many of our fellow citizens and fellow Catholics. For this, we can only blame ourselves — the Church.
    What part of Vatican II said to stop teaching about right AND WRONG? What part of “pastoral” means “don’t ever mention the existence or consequences of evil”? Why DID Vatican II say absolutely nothing about communism and the cult of the State? What great understanding was developed that required the catechism to grow to no less than 2,685 paragraphs? And required us to mock the Baltimore Catechism? Nobody will ever answer these questions, but the results are plain to see:
    1. Because the catechism is verbose, nobody reads it or teaches from it.
    2. Because nobody knows the catechism, they know only what they hear from the pulpit.
    3. Because “pastoral” evidently means some wierd thing combining all the worst elements of “trite” and “sappy” and “nice”, instead of what we think it means relating to shepherd on the watch for wolves, we don’t preach about evil, avoiding evil, the consequences of evil, so that few even believe it exists.
    4. Because evil does not exist, then we look for the total greater good, and proclaim that imagined rights to infanticide and denunciation of all war and care for the poor through rampant socialism and ending capital punishment are both traditionally Christian and morally equivalent. Then we vote for the candidate who scores the best 3 out of 4.

    We have sown the wind, and are reaping the whirlwind.

  23. doozer125 says:

    “According to Cutter, during the 2012 elections, Obama campaign staffers would joke about Romney that “when he watched Mad Men, he thought he was watching the 11 o’clock news.”

    That’s funny., because watching Obama and his Administartion is like watching the final years of the Weimar Republic.

  24. Bryan Boyle says:

    And these are the slime with whom the feckless and impotent USCCB thinks they’re going to be able to negotiate with over the obamacare issues?

    Really? They truly are living in an alternate reality/distortion field.

    I’m beginning to think +Card. George’s observation of the disposition of his successors may be more accurate than anyone has given him credit for.

  25. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    Fr. Z. has noted some of the ‘Newspeak’ of the first full paragraph of the “full text”, but there seems plenty more.

    “This is a country […] where all Americans should have the freedom and opportunity to reach their potential.” Remember all the disguising, diversionary language of ‘potential… person, human being, life’? Those who are not included among “all Americans” but redefined into ‘potential Americans’ must have zero opportunity to ‘actualize their potential’ if that does not suit someone with the power of life and death over them.

    But ‘abortion’ means ‘miscarriage’, ‘abortus provocatus’ is ‘to procure a miscarriage’. But babies can survive miscarriages. The miscarriages of such ‘viable’ babies need not kill them. Are they not, born in an American state (say, Illinois), in some significant sense, ‘Americans’? But that does not suit the ideology of the speaker, for whom procured miscarriages must end in their deaths, and so as a state senator, he did all he could to ensure any such American born alive should be left to die.

    And then there is “we know that we are better off as a nation when women are treated […] equally in every aspect in life”: that is, among other things, no woman – or man – should be exempt from complicity in the procurement of the miscarriages of others, should be exempt from being compelled to pay for them, assure that they are available, etc.

    “Equality’, ‘conscience’ mean each is compelled to provide what any positive law or regulation prescribes.

  26. Jason Keener says:

    I think Catholics have found it easier to go along with evil leaders like Obama ever since the great decline of Catholic Liturgy and identity. At one time, most Catholics looked to their glorious Mother Church for moral direction. Now, many Catholics are fooled by any politician with a slick message and consider themselves liberals before Catholics. What a pity! We must recover the grandeur and majesty of Mother Church’s Liturgy and practices, so as to once again inspire Catholics to follow the true Good Shepherd.

  27. Johnno says:

    The icing on the cake about this whole thing is that ‘Jane Roe’, the woman who was involved at the center of this whole affair is now pro-life and even was involved in an anti-Obama advertisement!

    I wonder if Obama is proud of her or would invite her to speak her mind at his Roe Wade dinner party?

  28. Peggy R says:

    doozer125: I have to say I don’t get the Mad Men and Romney jokes. Romney is no Don Draper. He’s much more decent needless to say. I don’t get that particular one about Mad Men and the news…

  29. wmeyer says:

    And these are the slime with whom the feckless and impotent USCCB thinks they’re going to be able to negotiate with over the obamacare issues?

    Bryan, don’t hold back! I agree about the USCCB; they seem to think they can lie down with pigs and remain unsoiled. I am all in favor of praying for the conversion of our politicians, but I shall await the evidence before predicating actions on the conversion.

  30. netokor says:

    I hope Cardinal Dolan reads this article. He had such a great opportunity to denounce the killer in chief and his supporters. No surprise here. o. has never hidden his devotion to these murderous beasts.

  31. Shamrock says:

    And when he was receiving his Honorary degree from that *great* Catholic university in South
    Bend, Indiana, he promised President Jenkins that in his term(s) he hoped to make abortion rare
    and un-necessary. NEVER! listen to this man but watch closely what he does…they are never the
    same thing.

  32. acardnal says:

    Shamrock wrote,”listen to this man [Obama] but watch closely what he does…they are never the same thing.”

    Actions speak louder than words don’t they, Shamrock?

  33. Johnno says:

    Jason Keener –

    To put it more succintly. Most Catholics are cowards. And we enjoy too much of life to risk it for the sake of the Kingdom of God. We are the rich men Christ tests to see whether we are willing to give it all up and put it on the line to secure Heaven.

    The remaining number, who are militant enough to do just that, are disheartened and have already weighed the facts that their sacrifices will largely accomplish nothing earthly. Why should we bother facing the storms of pro-abortion terrorists in stormy weather outside clinics to be attacked and mocked and jailed when our own dear Church leaders are laughing it up at dinner parties with the enemy so they don’t have to face the same things? Why can’t we put the ‘issues aside’ and eat roast and drink wine with Obama? What’s the point? If we’re going to do it, we do it not for expectations of actual success on Earth, or to save the Catholic Bishops and Hospitals a bunch of money, or to uphold subject-to-change secular values of ‘freedom of religion’. We must do it on behalf of Christ and the truth so that our faith in Him may be justified by our works. But arriving at this stage means the undertaking of a great saintly conversion.

  34. MissOH says:

    So sickening. As Wanda said, tragically on the same day that a young woman died days after the late term abortionist, Carhart, killed her 33 week old child. This happened due to the cover and permissions given by many supposedly Catholic politicians in Maryland. I am still not quite certain how abortion it “health and welfare for woman and their families”.

  35. StJude says:

    Evil on display.

  36. MarrakeshEspresso says:

    Obama’s right. Abortion is foundational to everything a modern society wants to achieve. Carthage lives.

    And isn’t it funny how women who haven’t been born yet have no right to say what happens to their bodies?

    Cartago delenda est!

  37. midwestmom says:

    It was more funner to hear the world’s smartest man pronounce the word corps, “corpse”. Couldn’t be prouder of El Presidente.

  38. JKnott says:

    Obama’s remarks to Wormwood, I mean the NARAL, have the same flavor of “The Screwtape Letters”.

  39. maryh says:

    @JKnott I was thinking more in terms of “Screwtape Proposes a Toast.”

  40. Clinton R. says:

    Fitting this post should be coupled with the above post about the death penalty. Thanks to Obama and his ilk, the unborn are given the death sentence. Unlike the condemned on the death row, the unborn children are not given a trial, given no appeal process and the sentence is carried out immediately. The more this man speaks, the more he reveals the evil in his heart. And that he was feted by Notre Dame and elected by too many “Catholics” makes this even more sickening.

  41. asperges says:

    My late Grandmother recounted that she had met the Public Hangman (Henry Pierrepoint?) by chance on a public train about the end of the 19th century or beginning of the 20th. Recognising him, she asked for his autograph.

    He obliged writing, “Trusting we shall never meet again…”

  42. Angie Mcs says:

    “Regretfully, I am one of those who ushered in this barbaric age.” : Dr. Bernard Nathanson. MD. Dr. Nathanson was one of the founders of NARAL. He died in February of 2011, but not before he turned completely against abortion, which he called ” a monster so unimaginably gargantuan, even to think of stuffing it back into its cage is ludicrous…Yet that is our charge…a Herculanean endeavor.” Dr. Nathanson believed he was personally involved with 60,000 abortions, assisting with 15,000. His clinic was the largest in the Western world. Anyone here can google his name and find out more. The National CTholic Register has an article on his sad life, and it is quite a story He confesses to how NARAL simply made up statistics about how many women died at the hands of back alley abortionists, how the entire industry ( for that is what itnis – an industry based on financial gain) was based on lies. Dr. N. became reviled by the very people who put him up on a pedestal after he turned on them. He continually spoke up against abortion, wrote books about it, made videos and tried to educate the public about what really happened during the procedure. Lastly, he knew he needed peace and forgiveness and escape from the “deep pain” he felt by what he had done. taised as a Jewish atheist, he finally converted to Catholicism, the only comfort he could find for what he did, the only hope he had for redemption. When Dr. Nathanson was baptized, he said he felt ” peace” and that he was in a “safe place”. In the end, Archbishop Dolan presided over his funeral in NYC.

    His words have long been forgotten by most people, and those who remember him at NARAL and Planned Parenthood would vilify the person they once so highly admired. He was a traitor to their cause and a threat to their livelihood, which has made them rich off the murder of tiny human beings. In light of what I have discovered about the formation of NARAL , it makes me truly ill to hear our President’s words as he addresses this group of people. The contrast between the guilt that drove a rich successful abortion doctor to seek redemption, and the praise and pride spouted by the leader of this country for the same agency, is too odious to contemplate.

  43. Angie Mcs says:

    Excuse the typo : “taised” as a Jewish atheist should read ” raised”.

  44. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    ClintonR., well distinguished: “death penalty” contrasted with “death sentence”, the later very free and easy and (in practice, radically) arbitary – for the unborn, the sick, the elderly, and (coming soon?) “proactively for designated domestic terrorists” (?).

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