Fly on the Wall

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fly on the wall.jpegO to be a fly on the wall when the Concerned Women of America and allies meet with Joshua DuBois and the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships gang at the White House. Brody’s got the story, and via a CWA email to him it’s clear that these paladins of the Religious Right will come loaded for bear. As in:

The Obama administration says they want to be inclusive and
represent all Americans. The White House faith-based office is now
tasked with reducing the number of abortions – something that pro-life
groups have very good experience in accomplishing. Pregnancy resource
centers and regulations on abortion have a terrific track record in
helping women choose alternatives to abortion. Funding abortion or
abortion providers is one of the worst things that could be done. What
the government funds, we get more of. We hope to begin a dialogue that
results in policies which actually work, not just financially benefit
certain interest groups like abortion providers.

For the record, OFANP is not “tasked with reducing the number of abortions.” According to the president’s February 5 announcement, “It will be one voice among several in the administration that will look
at how we support women and children, address teenage pregnancy, and
reduce the need for abortion.” You don’t exactly reduce the need for abortion via regulations that reduce ability of women to get one.

And while we’re on the subject, that “one voice among several” is worth noting. As in the campaign, the faith folks will be duking it out with the, ah, non-faith folks in the administration. And if the struggle over the abortion plank in last year’s Democratic platform is any guide, the latter have the bigger swat.