WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama vowed Friday to fight with Planned Parenthood against what he said were efforts across the country to turn women’s health back to the 1950s.

Obama’s comments were the first to be delivered by a sitting president before the abortion-rights group. He lauded the group’s nearly 100 years of service to women, providing cancer screenings, contraceptives and other health services.

“When politicians try to turn Planned Parenthood into a punching bag, they’re not just talking about you,” he said. “They’re talking about the millions of women who you serve.”

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