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Why Obama Will Speak to Planned Parenthood

President Obama will address nearly 1,000 supporters of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, making him the first sitting president to address the group.

Why, at a time when states are adopting new restrictions on abortion and abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell is facing criminal charges for conduct at his Philadelphia clinic, is the president speaking to a reproductive rights group?

Politics.

In few areas does Obama hold as commanding a lead over his opponents than when it comes to reproductive rights, and women’s issues more generally.

In October 2012, for example, a Kaiser Family Foundation poll found Americans trusted Obama to do a better job than Republicans in making decisions about women’s reproductive health choices and services, by an enormous margin of 51 to 29 percent.

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