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. President 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.

“The fact is, after decades of progress, there’s still those who want to turn back the clock to policies more suited to the 1950s than the 21st Century,” Mr. Obama said. “And they’ve been involved in an orchestrated and historic effort to roll back basic rights when it comes to women’s health.”

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