The Obama administration is filled with former pro-abortion activists and leaders of groups like NOW and NARAL, but the revolving door between the White House and the abortion industry is now swinging the other way.
A Politico report today indicates the Planned Parenthood abortion business has hired a key White House aide, Dana Singiser, as its new Vice President for Public Policy — a position that will undoubtedly have her representing the abortion giant in relations with members of Congress and the White House.
“Planned Parenthood Federation of America announced that it has named Dana Singiser its Vice President for Public Policy and Government Relations. She will join PPFA in early December,” Politico reports. “Singiser currently works in the White House as Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs.”
The report indicates Planned Parenthood’s new Vice President was instrumental in pushing Obamacare, which contains no protections preventing taxpayer financing of abortions, through Congress.
“Singiser has been with President Obama since his first day in office. She was a key part of the legislative team that helped pass the historic health care reform law,” Politico continues. “Singiser held leadership positions on Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, as well as then-Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign, where she focused on women’s outreach.”
The hiring comes just days after another top pro-abortion activist announced she would leave the Obama administration: as Domestic Policy Adviser Melody Barnes announced this week that she is leaving the White House at the end of the year to pursue opportunities in the private sector. “I also look forward to devoting time to doing everything I can to ensure that President Obama is re-elected,” Barnes said in a statement.
“I’ve reached the conclusion that I need to move out of a 24/7 work schedule and on to the next phase of my life,” Barnes said. “I plan to take some time off and enjoy my family. I’ll also be considering opportunities in the private sector, as well as ways to continue to work on the policy issues about which I care so deeply.”
Obama praised Barnes in his own statement: “I will always be grateful that a woman of Melody’s brilliance, creativity and heart led our domestic policy team during such a challenging time for our nation. Melody has left a lasting legacy, developing and implementing policies that have helped remake our education system, spurred innovation, and fostered opportunity and equality for millions of Americans.”
But that equality doesn’t include unborn children, as she told a pro-life advocate in 2009 that the Obama administration’s goal was not to reduce abortions.
Barnes, who served in the upper echelons of the Obama campaign, is no stranger to promoting abortion. She served on the board of directors of Emily’s List, a group that has spent nearly $250 million promoting pro-abortion candidates.
Barnes also served a stint as a member of the board of directors of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business that brought in over $1 billion in income the last fiscal year. The lawyer was also a chief counsel to pro-abortion Sen. Ted Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee where pro-life advocates have fought massive battles on Supreme Court nominees.
Barnes made her pro-abortion bona fides clear in a 2005 article posted on the Center for American Progress web site.
“It is unacceptable to speak timidly about the right embodied in Roe v. Wade,” she wrote. “Too much is at stake the lives and welfare of women, the well-being of their families, and of great importance a concept of liberty that includes women as equal.”