White House Faith Office Director: Still Working on Plan to Reduce Abortions

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 10, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

White House Faith Office Director: Still Working on Plan to Reduce Abortions

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 10
, 2010

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — In a new interview, the director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships contends the Obama administration sis still working on a plan to reduce abortions. In the 13 months since Barack Obama became president, he’s promoted abortion and the office has produced nothing.

The faith office last held a meeting in May to discuss how to reduce abortions and promote adoption, and that meeting produced significant skepticism from pro-life advocates that the Obama administration was serious about reducing abortions.

In fact, one top Obama staffer admitted that the goal of the office and its eventual plan is not to reduce abortions but to reduced the "need" for them.

In an exclusive interview with CBN News lead correspondent David Brody, Joshua DuBois, the director of the office, sought to reassure pro-life advocates that a plan is forthcoming.

“It’s very much a priority of the President to find common ground on this difficult issue," DuBois told Brody.

He said his office, "along with the Domestic Policy Council in which we sit and The White House council on Women and Girls met with a range of organizations are now pulling together a lot of information to present to the President so that he can eventually talk about where the administration will go in this important area so that’s still very much on the table."

"Again, where one of the things where unfortunately the facts didn’t get in the way of a theory but we’re going to keep doing our work," DuBois told CBN’s Brody.

Asked to give a timeframe on when a plan on how to reduce abortions would be produced, DuBois offered no answer other than to say it wouldn’t be a lengthy effort.

"It’s certainly not a multi-year effort. It’s something that we’re looking at much sooner than that," he said.

DuBois also disputed a recent Washington Post article quoting some religious officials, including some who support Obama, as questioning whether the Obama version of the faith office is just for show.

"We’re wondering if religiously driven voices really have a voice at the table," said David Gushee, an evangelical ethicist, told the Post. He wonders whether "gatekeepers around the president are thinking he has more important constituencies to pay attention to."

Although the Obama administration has proven it know how to give a good sales pitch on reducing abortions, Obama’s actions present an entirely different picture.

From sending taxpayer funds to groups to promote and perform abortions overseas and pledging to overturn conscience clause protections for pro-life medical professionals to forcing taxpayers to pay for embryonic stem cell research and stacking his staff with abortion advocates, Obama’s pro-abortion record seems clear to most.

His strong support for a Senate health care bill that funded potentially hundreds of thousands of abortions sealed the deal on his pro-abortion record and reputation for most pro-life Americans.

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Barack Obama’s pro-abortion record

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