President Obama will give the keynote speech at Planned Parenthood’s annual gala in Washington on Thursday, joining Dr. Ruth Westheimer and actress Lena Dunham to honor “champions of women’s health,” the group announced.
“President Obama has done more than any president in history for women’s health and rights,” Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards said. “He understands that access to birth control and preventive health care are economic issues for women and their families.”
Obama’s appearance at the Planned Parenthood event is sure to draw fire from conservatives, who target the organization’s history of providing abortions to women. The president actively promoted Planned Parenthood during his re-election campaign, welcoming the group’s attacks against Republican Mitt Romney and his so-called “war on women.”
Obama will address the group Thursday after attending the unveiling of George W. Bush’s presidential library in Dallas and a memorial service for victims of the plant explosion in West, Texas.