Senator from Illinois
Religion: United Church of Christ
Comprehensive Sex Education: Senator Obama states “it’s the right thing to do…to provide age-appropriate sex education, science-based sex education in schools.”
Sex Ed for Kindergartners?, ABC News,, accessed 7/28/08.
Publicly Funded Family Planning Services: “I believe we must work together to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies. I support legislation to expand access to contraception, health information, and preventative services to help reduce unintended pregnancies.”
Statement submitted on May 14, 2007 at NARAL Pro-Choice America's request, accessed 7/28/08
Abortion: "A woman's ability to decide how many children to have and when, without interference from the government, is one of the most fundamental rights we possess. It is not just an issue of choice, but equality and opportunity for all women.
"I have consistently advocated for reproductive choice and will make preserving women's rights under Roe v. Wade a priority as President. I oppose any constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's ruling in this case."
Statement submitted on May 14, 2007, at NARAL Pro-Choice America's request, accessed 7/28/08
Separation of church and state: Obama says he believes in the importance of the separation of church and state but has said that a "sense of proportion" should guide how it is enforced. He says that the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance and voluntary student prayer groups on school property are two examples where conflict between church and state has been alleged but should be less strictly policed.
The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, accessed 7/28/08
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