President Barack Obama on Friday promised to support Planned Parenthood in their political fight for abortion rights.

President Obama addressed a gathering of the abortion rights group and praised the organizations efforts that go back nearly 100 years.

"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," 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."

President Obama told the gathering that women’s rights are being assaulted nationwide. The President makes the comments in the shadow of the Kermit Gosnell trial, which is taking place in Philadelphia.

Gosnell is accused of killing a woman and four viable babies in his West Philadelphia abortion clinic.