A member of Congress has a sarcastic take on the controversy generated by the Obama administration over a White House visitors policy that requires pregnant women to register their unborn children when they check in at the front door.
As LifeNews reported, the director of the White House Visitor’s Office, Ellie Shafer, distributed an email newsletter to members of Congress and others providing detailed instructions on how to register an unborn child (“a baby that has not yet been born,” as Shafer puts it) into the security system the White House uses to arrange group tours.
According to the National Right to Life Committee, which obtained a copy of the newsletter, the White House spells out how “the baby’s security information should be entered” into the White House system. Staff must include such details as the baby’s sex, if known.
Representative Lou Barletta, a Pennsylvania congressman, has a humorous and sarcastic response. Surely, he says, if the White House is taking tabs of the number of unborn children who visit the president’s home and office, pro-abortion President Barack Obama must have changed his mind on abortion and when life begins.
With his tongue firmly planted in his cheek, Barletta said he “congratulated” Obama on the change of heart.
“The White House of President Obama – who voted against bills protecting unborn children from the horror of abortion – enacted a policy identifying babies still in the womb when they come to visit the White House. If an unborn child is considered alive for the purposes of a White House tour, clearly an unborn child should be considered alive when pro-life legislation is considered,” he said.
“I’d like to commend President Obama for finally acknowledging that life begins at conception,” he said.
Douglas Johnson, National Right to Life’s legislative director, commented on the juxtaposition between the White House visitor log policy and its abortion policy.
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“It is ironic that President Obama’s staff recognizes the existence of unborn babies for purposes of providing security within the White House — yet, there is no indication that President Obama has any problem with the fact that throughout the District of Columbia, abortion is now legal for any reason up to the moment of birth,” he told LifeNews.
“Notably, the newsletter provides no guidance on what the staff should do if an unborn baby is first registered for security purposes, but then aborted,” Johnson added. “On May 17, the House Judiciary Constitution Subcommittee plans to hold a hearing on the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 3803), which would generally prohibit abortion in the sixth month and later in the District. If the President wants to provide for the security of the unborn child immediately outside of the White House gates, as well as inside, he should endorse this bill.”