In a sit down one on one interview, White House Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes tells The Brody File that family planning and adoption should be important parts of the discussion on how to reduce abortions in America. Watch the clip above. It runs about one minute. The transcription is below.
Melody Barnes is one of the most influential members of President Obama’s team. From the economy to healthcare to abortion reduction policy she will play a vital role in shaping administration policy.
Melody Barnes: “One of the things that the president talks about is family planning and there are some who may disagree on that issue but I think the vast majority of Americans believe that that is important. It’s something that should be available to women so that’s an area for discussion and what can be done legislatively perhaps to advance that conversation. The issue of adoption is something that is very very important because the President has talked about both reducing unintended pregnancies but he’s also talked about supporting maternal and child health and supporting adoption in this country all of those things being part and parcel of a whole. It’s reducing abortions but also try and help women and families when they decide they want to have children and to make that easier and so those are the kinds of things that he’s talked about in this context but more importantly he’s said bring people around the table and let’s see what ideas you can come up with and the ideas we can advance when we’re thinking about common ground."
Obviously, the family planning discussion is a source of contention between pro-life and pro-choice groups. Heavy lifting will need to be done to make sure The White House can keep both sides at the table in what is expected to be an "animated" discussion.