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In Virginia, Obama Touts Support for Abortion, Free Contraception

3:35 PM, Oct 5, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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“This law has secured new access to preventive care like mammograms and cancer screenings with no copay, no deductible, no out-of-pocket cost for more than 20 million women,” Obama said to increasingly loud cheers. “And now most health plans are beginning to cover the cost of contraceptive care, which is vital for women’s health. Doctors prescribe contraception not only for family planning, but as a way to reduce the risk of ovarian and other cancers. And it’s good for our health care system in general, because we know the overall cost of care is lower when women have access to contraceptive services.”

Obama then offered an ostensibly conservative critique on Romney’s record on women. “There’s nothing conservative about a government that prevents a woman from making her own health care decisions,” he said. “Governor Romney talks about freedom, but freedom is the ability to determine the care you need, when you need it. Freedom is the ability to change jobs or start your own business without the fear of losing your health insurance. Freedom is the knowledge that you’ll no longer be charged more than men for the same health care, or denied affordable coverage just because you've beat cancer.”

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