Eric C. Miller, a lecturer in Communication Arts at Penn State, says yes to the question posed in the title of this post.
In fact, in his recent Religious Dispatches article, Miller calls Obama a "pro-life hero." He cites a Washington University School of Medicine study that suggests that abortion rates will "decline significantly--perhaps up to 75 percent--when contraceptives are made available to women free of charge." Here is Miller's conclusion:
Fierce resistance to abortion is a central plank in the social
conservative platform, and has for decades served as one of the
standards around which millions of activists and voters have rallied.
That a path to the drastic decline in abortions that these individuals
have so desperately sought has suddenly been provided them by a
president they so openly despise is, at the very least, a political
But by addressing the problem of unintended pregnancy—rather
than the politically fraught problem of abortion—“Obamacare” addresses
the issue at its root. Though abortion has served as the central locus
of the “culture war” for nearly forty years, it has always been a
secondary concern—a problematic solution to a deeper and less
sensational problem. By insisting on mere illegality, pro-life
forces have turned a blind eye to the troublesome side-effects of
illegal abortion even as they dedicated themselves to a largely symbolic
political victory. And since the political divisions accompanying the
debate have become so intractable, hope for a deliberative resolution
has long ceased to exist.
In the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate, we have a
previously unimaginable opportunity for satisfying compromise on
abortion. In accordance with liberal demands, the procedure will remain
safe and legal, and reproductive choices will be extended to those who
have been unable to afford them in the past. In exchange, conservatives
will see abortion rates plummet, achieving a result comparable to that
of illegality but without the fierce controversy or government
imposition in the lives of individuals.