By Dan Gilgoff, God & Country
I've learned that the White House will kick off its much-discussed plan to reduce abortions tomorrow morning with a conference call to religious leaders and abortion-rights advocates that will feature key White House aides. The call reflects the White House plan to bring faith-based groups, including conservative ones, together with pro-abortion rights organizations to reduce demand for abortion. Until now, those two camps have frequently been at loggerheads.
The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, tasked with reducing demand for abortion, had been waiting for the launch of the White House Council on Women and Girls to start in earnest on its abortion reduction strategy. The Women and Girls Council was formally rolled out a few weeks ago.
Aides on the call include Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes, Council on Women and Girls Executive Director Tina Tchen, and Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Executive Director Joshua DuBois. The agenda will include using teen pregnancy prevention and assistance to pregnant women to reduce abortion.