June 10, 2009
U.S. News: Pregnant Women Support Act May Have White House Support
A Congressional aide told Dan Gilgoff that the White House is leaning towards supporting the Pregnant Women Support Act, which aims to reduce abortions by providing support to low-income pregnant women.
"I don't want to get in to reading the tea leaves on the White House's position or strategy for this issue, but I would call their interest in the Pregnant Women Support Act significant," the aide told him.
Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission endorsed the bill sponsored by Rep. Lincoln Davis (D-TN) and Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA), which would, among other things:
* Establish a toll-free number to direct women to places that will provide support during and following their pregnancy;
* Fund collection of accurate data on abortion;
* Provide child care to low-income and student parents;
* Provide parenting education in maternity group homes;
* Make the Adoption Tax Credits permanent;
The White House has met with several groups in recent weeks to attempt to find "common ground" on abortion, emphasizing reducing "the need" for abortion.
Gilgoff asks a great question: "Why reduce the number of women seeking abortions if there's nothing wrong with the procedure?"