President Obama will no longer headline a Planned Parenthood gala on Thursday night, and will instead address the group at a Friday morning gathering.
The president’s schedule was changed to allow more time at a memorial service for victims of the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, White House press secretary Jay Carney said at Wednesday’s press briefing.
Planned Parenthood had announced on Tuesday the president would headline its annual gala in Washington, D.C. This year’s event is called “A Time to Care.”
“President Obama has done more than any president in history for women’s health and rights,” Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said in a statement. “We are honored to have President Obama join us at our ‘Time for Care’ Gala at this pivotal moment for women’s health.”
Pro-life groups called for Obama to cancel the event in light of the gruesome murder trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, who is charged with killing four babies and one woman at a “house of horrors.”
Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading abortion provider, received a record of $542 million in taxpayer support in 2012, including Medicaid money, according to its own financial documents. It performed nearly 334,000 abortions in 2011, according to the most recent data.
Obama leaves for Dallas Wednesday afternoon to speak at a Democratic National Committee event and will stay in Texas for Thursday’s memorial service in Waco.