White House Visitor Logs: Obama Had Pro-Abortion Leader at Christmas Party
by Steven Ertelt
March 26, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The White House released a new set of visitor logs today and they revealed President Barack Obama invited Nancy Keenan, the head of the pro-abortion group NARAL for one of the Christmas parties it hosted on December 14. The logs show Keenan and the president of Planned Parenthood getting big access.
Obama hosted a part with 661 total people at the "Holiday Reception" party honoring Christmas and other holidays in mid-late December.
Keenan received an invitation to the event, which took place during the late afternoon and evening hours.
But that was hardly the only time Keenan has been to the White House since Obama took it over in January 2009. In total Keenan has been a guest at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue a total of 10 times during Obama’s 13 months in office.
Keenan primarily enjoys celebrations and ceremonial visits with the president — as she also appeared at a luncheon in January 2009 celebrating Obama’s election and a cocktail party on February 18, 2009.
The NARAL leader made her way to the White House again in March when Obama signed the executive order to force taxpayers to pay for embryonic stem cell research and she appeared at a May event to tout the confirmation of the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Visitor logs reveal she spent an hour and a half with Obama women’s advisor Tina Tchen on November 11 as the health care debate heated up.
She met with Tchen twice before that — for 90 minutes and nearly three hours in February and April.
And Keenan met with other Obama staffers in the Executive Office Building in April and June of last year.
As LifeNews.com reported in February, Obama gave Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards frequent access as well.
The logs show the head of the nation’s premier abortion business visited the White House and spent time with Obama administration officials on four occasions.
Richards joined Keenan for the January 20th luncheon reception with 299 total people last year.
The Obama administration put together a White House health care summit in March 2009 which saw Richards and Planned Parenthood invited to promote abortion while pro-life groups were left out.
The visitor logs also reveal Richards attended a private meeting with Obama administration staff on June 6 and July 7.
The June meeting saw 28 people gather at an event coordinated by Valerie Jarrett’s White House Office of Public Engagement. Kathleen Richardson, who headed the public-relations offensive designed to woo groups to support the health care bills, coordinated the meeting. The logs don’t reveal how long Richards stayed.
The July event had Richards in a one-hour private meeting with Tina Tchen, the executive director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, which pro-life advocates say is promoting abortion on a worldwide level. The meeting likely included discussion of plans for Tchen to appear at a Planned Parenthood event held just two weeks later.
The logs also show Richards met privately with Anita Dunn, the then-White House communications director, for almost an hour on October 28.
That’s the day House Democrats unveiled the House version of the pro-abortion health care bill prior to the Stupak amendment that banned abortion funding.
Wendy Wright, the president of Concerned Women for America, told LifeNews.com in February the "visitor logs document the close relationship that the Obama administration has with the largest abortion provider in the country."
"For a president who claimed he would fight against lobbyists’ influence, these records reveal a different story," Wright said.
"Planned Parenthood’s many visits to the White House as the administration shaped its legislative priorities helps to show this abortion provider stands to gain multi-millions of dollars in government funding if Obama’s policies become law," she added.
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