First Lady Michelle Obama Picks Abortion Advocate as New Chief of Staff
by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 11/18/10 1:00 PM
First Lady Michelle Obama has selected a new chief of staff to replace longtime personal friend and political confidant Susan Sher.
She will be replaced with Tina Tchen, who was an abortion activist before joining the White House.
President Barack Obama selected Tchen to become the director of public liaison at the White House and, in March 2009, she became the executive director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, which pro-life advocates worry promotes abortions.
Tchen is a Chicago lawyer who raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Obama presidential campaign. Previously, she served as the vice president of the National Organization for Women, a prominent pro-abortion organization.
She upset pro-life advocates in July 2009 when she spoke to gathering of Planned Parenthood activists. There, she promised leaders of the abortion business that Obama is a pro-abortion president and urged them to continue their pro-abortion lobbying efforts.
During the event, Tchen told the Planned Parenthood activists that if they want abortion as a part of the health care restructuring plan Congress is considering, they need to “bring it” — and up their lobbying efforts.
Tchen, who shared a panel with Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, told activists that Obama is committed to abortion and health care.
“I can say this directly from the White House, the President reiterated to all of us in the senior staff that health care is the most important issue,” she said. “It is the signature issue that he ran on, it is what he believes is one of the singularly most important reforms that need to be made that affects America, that affects our economy.”
Tchen also reminded the pro-abortion stalwarts that they had elected a president who shares their views and pointed them to his January 22 statement, his first as president on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, praising the decision that resulted in more than 52 million abortions and millions of women injured.
In preparation for the event, Tchen had a one-hour private meeting with Richards.
Tchen also met with pro-life advocates at the White House before the votes on ObamaCare, but the meeting did not result in any efforts to prevent abortion funding.