Focus on the Family Founder James Dobson described President Barack Obama as the "abortion president" in a speech at the National Day of Prayer observance in Washington.
"He has made it so that every American will have to pay toward supporting abortion," said Dobson, WND.com reports.
The founder of Family Talk radio noted that $250 million in taxpayer funds have been used to support Planned Parenthood.
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Dobson's comments so angered Democratic Rep. Janice Hahn of California that she stormed out of the breakfast. "I couldn't take it anymore," she told Roll Call
. She said she stood up, pointed her finger at Dobson and told him, "This is completely inappropriate for this day."
Hahn told Roll Call, "We have this annual, national day of prayer, which is supposed to bring the whole country together to pray for our nation, and typically you put politics aside and you come together. James Dobson just absolutely violated that, and I really think he did damage to what we try to do up here in Washington, D.C."
Last year, Dobson's group was among a number of religious organizations that filed a federal lawsuit against the Obama administration over the Obamacare mandate that requires employers to provide abortion services. The suit is pending in Federal District Court in Washington.
Dobson was among several speakers at the three-hour prayer observance at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington. Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of the renowned evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham, was the keynote speaker. She is this year's honorary chair for the event.
Other speakers included GOP Rep. Robert Aderholt of Alabama and Democratic Rep. Mike McIntyre of North Carolina. Chaplains representing several faiths also participated.
Dobson, an American evangelical Christian author and psychologist, is heard on 300 stations nationwide through his radio show, which he established in 2010, and for decades has been considered one of the nation's leading conservatives on social issues.
In his remarks, Dobson implored the participants to "keep fighting." WND reports. "We can win. And keep prayer, because that’s what really made a difference here."
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