Last updated on: 1/31/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Barack Obama, JD Biography

Title:
44th President of the United States
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Abortion Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“We know that [women’s health is] about whether or not women have equal rights under the law. We know that a woman’s right to make a decision about how many children she wants to have and when – without government interference – is one of the most fundamental freedoms we have in this country… I have worked on these issues for decades now. I put Roe [v.Wade] at the center of my lesson plan on reproductive freedom when I taught Constitutional Law. Not simply as a case about privacy but as part of the broader struggle for women’s equality… There will always be people, many of goodwill, who do not share my view on the issue of choice. On this fundamental issue, I will not yield.”

Speech given before the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, July 17, 2007

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with MDs, PhDs, ThDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to abortion. Also top-level federal government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to abortion.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • 44th President of the United States, Jan. 20, 2009-Jan. 20, 2017
  • Recipient, Nobel Peace Prize, 2009
  • US Senator (D-IL), 2005-2008
  • Recipient, Honorary JD, University of Massachusetts at Boston, 2006
  • Recipient, Chairman’s Award, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2005
  • Named one of 100 most influential people in the world, TIME magazine, 2005
  • Recipient, Honorary Doctorate, Knox College, 2005
  • Recipient, Harold Blake Walker Award, Christopher House, 2005
  • Democratic Senator, Illinois State Senate, 1996-2004
  • Lecturer, University of Chicago Law School, 1992-1996
  • Former Editor, Harvard Law Review
Education:
  • JD, Harvard University, 1991
  • BA, Columbia University, 1983
Other:
  • First black president of the United States
  • First black president of the Harvard Law Review
  • Born on Aug. 4, 1961 in Honolulu, HI
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Abortion Be Legal?