(CNSNews.com) – Listing the reasons why Americans should vote for him, President Barack Obama told an audience at a high school in New Hampshire on Monday that failure to subsidize abortions and contraception is the same as “restricting access” to those services.
“In this election, on every single challenge that we face, you’ve got the final say,” Obama told the crowd at Oyster River High School in Durham, N.H.
“You can decide that instead of restricting access to birth control or defunding Planned Parenthood, we should make sure that in this country, women control their own health care choices. That’s up to you,” the president said to applause.
Obama did not explicitly say that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney or any other Republican has proposed to “restrict access” to birth control.
However, Romney and congressional Republicans have opposed an Obama administration mandate that requires insurance companies to provide free abortifacients, sterilization and contraception, which Catholics and other religious denominations find morally objectionable.
Further, Republicans have supported cutting federal funding to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.
A recent Rasmussen poll shows Obama leading Romney in New Hampshire, 48 percent to 43 percent.
In his remarks, Obama also said Romney wants to “keep our brave men and women in Afghanistan indefinitely.” He suggested that Romney would discriminate against sick people, kick people out of the military “just because of who you are and who you love,” and deny citizenship to “responsible young people just because they’re the children of undocumented workers.”
In the president’s own words:
And, New Hampshire, the only thing that can break this stalemate is you. (Applause.) Is you. In this election, on every single challenge that we face, you’ve got the final say. That’s the amazing thing about our democracy.
You can decide whether we keep our brave men and women in Afghanistan indefinitely, like Mr. Romney wants to do, or whether we stick to the timeline that I’ve set to finally bring our troops home. That’s up to you. (Applause.)
You can decide that instead of restricting access to birth control or defunding Planned Parenthood, we should make sure that in this country, women control their own health care choices. That’s up to you. (Applause.)
You can decide whether we keep Wall Street reform; whether ending taxpayer bailouts for Wall Street banks was the right thing to do; whether preventing insurance companies from discriminating against people who are sick is the right thing to do; whether over 3 million young people being able to stay on their parent’s health insurance plan is the right thing to do. (Applause.)
You can decide whether or not we go back to the days when you could be kicked out of the United States military just because of who you are and who you love. (Applause.) You can decide whether or not it’s time to stop denying citizenship to responsible young people just because they’re the children of undocumented workers -- (applause) -- who have been growing up with our kids and want to contribute to this country.
It’s going to be up to you whether we continue seeing these elections where multimillion-dollar donations, one person writing a $10 million check -- whether that speaks louder than the voices of ordinary citizens. It’s all up to you. (Applause.)
This is going to be a close election. And from now until November, the other side will spend more money than at any time in American history. And almost all of it will be on ads that tell you the economy is bad -- it's all Obama's fault. He can't fix it because he thinks government is always the answer; because he doesn’t have the experience of making a lot of money in the private sector; or because he is in over his head; or because he thinks everything is just fine. (Laughter.)
That’s what the scary voices in the ads will tell you over and over and over again. That’s what Mitt Romney will say. That’s what the Republicans in Congress will say. And I give them credit -- they have a lot of message discipline. They just repeat over and over and over again the same thing. (Laughter.) Doesn’t matter if it's true, they'll just keep on repeating. That's what they do.
But you know what, that may be a plan to win the election; it’s sure not a plan to create jobs. It’s not a plan to grow the economy. It’s not a plan to pay down our debt. It's not a plan to revive the middle class and restore the American Dream.
So, Durham, if you believe we need a plan for education and energy, for infrastructure and innovation; if you believe that our economy grows best when everybody has a fair shot and everybody is doing their fair share, and everybody is playing by the same set of rules -- (applause) -- then I'm going to need you to stand with me as I run for a second term as President. (Applause.) I'm going to need you. The country is going to need you. (Applause.)