Updated: 05/08/12 at 7:03 pm EST, to reflect the White House’s explanation for their policy.
WASHINGTON, May 8, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The strongly pro-abortion Obama White House caused a kerfuffle today when it sent out a newsletter outlining the fact that it requires unborn babies to be registered as separate guests when pregnant women register for tours of the building, according to an official communiqué cited by the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC).
NRLC cited a newsletter from Ellie Shafer, Director of the White House Visitor’s Office, which confirmed that, “crazy as it may sound,” a “baby that has not yet been born” must be included in the overall count of guests in a White House tour.
Shafer wrote that “the baby’s security information should be entered” into the White House system, including whether it is a boy or a girl, and which should be updated “once the baby is born.”
A spokesman for the Secret Service told the Washington Times that the policy exists in case an unborn child is born in between the time when the mother registers for the tour, and when the tour actually takes place.
Registering the unborn child “serves as a placeholder” and helps “to expedite the process” when parents with a newborn child arrive at the White House, Max Milien told the Times.
The newsletter goes on to state: “Once, the baby is born, you should send an email to the VO inbox with the tour request ID number, the baby’s given name, their actual birthday and gender.”
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President Obama is famously protective of abortion rights: as an Illinois senator, Obama voted against language to protect children from being killed outside the womb following a botched abortion, citing a possibility that abortion rights would be curtailed.
“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,” said Douglas Johnson, National Right to Life legislative director.
“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 pointed out that a House subcommittee plans to hold a hearing on the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 3803) on May 17, which would generally prohibit abortion later than the sixth month 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,” said Johnson.