White House Won’t Say Obama Position on Late-Term Abortion Ban

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 31, 2012   |   4:58PM   |   Washington, DC

The White House is refusing to say whether or not President Barack Obama supports or opposes a bill pending in the House today that would ban abortions in the District of Columbia after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Even though the federal district has no abortion law and abortion businesses openly advertise performing late-term abortions blocks away from the White House, top Obama administration officials refuse to say what is the president’s position on the bill, which the House is considering today.

The Daily Caller initially noticed the White House silence:

The White House is silent as House Republicans prepare to pass a novel law curbing second trimester abortions, despite furious opposition from President Barack Obama’s allies in the abortion-advocacy groups.

“The White House has not said a peep about [the pending bill, but] it would seem appropriate that people know what its position is,” said Doug Johnson, director of the National Right to Life Committee.

Johnson said he’s confident that Obama opposes the bill’s curbs on abortions.

Josh Earnest, the White House’s deputy press secretary, did not respond to questions from The Daily Caller.

Today, Weekly Standard reporter John McCormack indicated the stonewalling from top officials continued.

“I emailed White House 24 hours ago to ask for a statement on bill banning late-term abortions in D.C. No response yet,” he tweeted this afternoon and added that the official White House press secretary ignored the legislation. “Carney dodged question today: ‘I haven’t spoken to the president about this particular piece of legislation.'”



McCormack responded, sarcastically saying it’s “pretty silly to expect the White House to announce its official policy on legislation being voted on in the House today.”