Barack Obama and abortion
On November 5, 2008, he selected Rahm Emanuel as his chief of staff, who has a 0% pro-life record according to National Right to Life. Obama picked former Sen. Tom Daschle as his Health and Human Services Secretary on November 19, 2008, who also had a record of supporting abortion. Daschle subsequently asked that his nomination be withdrawn for unrelated issues.
Obama released a statement on January 22, 2009 reaffirming his support of Roe v. Wade which allowed for nearly unlimited abortions and has resulted in over 50 million abortions since 1973.
Obama overturned pro-life conscience protections placed by President Bush that made sure that medical staff and centers would not have to perform abortions. The Obama administration shut out pro-life groups from attending a White House-sponsored health care summit on March 5, 2009. On March 9, Obama signed an executive order forcing taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research. He reversed an executive order that would allow for embryonic stem cell research without harming human life.
On March 11, 2009, Obama supported the unlimited right to abortion at a United Nations meeting and denied any negative effect that can come from abortions. On April 14, 2009, the Obama Administration released a statement saying that pro-life people engage in violence and extremism.
Obama stated that he would support an abortion for his own daughters because he would not want "them to be punished with a baby".