President Obama was scheduled to be be the keynote speaker at an annual gala for Planned Parenthood on Thurday, but unfortunately he had to back out.  White House spokesman,  Jay Carney, announced the decision to cancel the keynote speech at the gala during his daily press briefing with reporters Wednesday. He said the President will still address Planned Parenthood and its supporters Friday morning.

Pro-life advocates were critical of  the President’s to appear at the fundraiser,  because of the high-profile trial in Philadelphia of an abortion provider, but  Carney said the schedule change was made “in order to allow him to spend more time with those injured and the loved ones of those lost in the deadly explosion in West, Texas.”

Mr. Obama is scheduled to speak Thursday afternoon at a memorial service for victims and family of the victims of the fertilizer-plant explosion in West, part of a long roller-coaster of a 24-hour travel schedule set for Wednesday evening through Thursday night.

Pro-life groups said Mr. Obama’s decision to switch his Planned Parenthood remarks to Friday morning, instead of canceling the event entirely, demonstrates his close ties to the abortion-rights group.

“President Obama swapping a Planned Parenthood fundraising gala Thursday night for an address on Friday shows that while he is certainly willing to avoid a photo of him at an abortion party while the nation mourns, he still refuses to distance himself from the nation’s No. 1 abortion provider and an industry that preys on women and defenseless children as exposed through the Gosnell trial and other atrocities,” Lila Rose, who heads the anti-abortion group Live Action, said.


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