President Obama Vows To Protect Women’s Healthcare Rights

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — President Barack Obama says voters saw again this week why male politicians shouldn’t be making health care decisions for women.

Obama’s comments were a reference to remarks by Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock. The Republican said pregnancies that result from rape are “something God intended.”

The president didn’t mention Mourdock by name. He said, as long as he is president, women will be able to make their own health care decisions.

It’s the first time Obama has referenced Mourdock’s comments at a campaign rally.

Obama’s team is intensifying its criticism of Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney for refusing to withdraw support for Mourdock. Romney appears in a television advertisement on Mourdock’s behalf.

Obama’s Thursday morning rally in Tampa, Fla., kicked off the second day of his 40-hour battleground state blitz.

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