Melody Barnes, the White House Domestic Policy Council Director may be pro-choice and may have worked for pro-choice organizations in her life but she made one thing very clear to The Brody File. She sincerely wants to work with pro-life groups and conservative Evangelicals to find common ground on the abortion issue. She has been and will continue to be a major player in this conversation.
Some pro-life groups have questioned the motivation and intention of all the pro-choice women inside President Obama's administration. I asked Melody Bares about that criticism. Watch my question and her answer above. The transcription of her answer is below:
“First I would say to people that each of us comes to the table with our experiences and our values but that doesn’t mean that we don’t respect people who have different experiences and a different set of values and beliefs when they sit down and have a conversation us. That it’s the issue of respect for people who see the World differently and again that opportunity to learn from one another. I think during the course of the campaign and certainly since we’ve been in The White House I’ve had the opportunity to talk to a wide range of people from across the ideological perspective people who are deeply religious like myself but may see things differently and I think we have all been able to leave that room recognizing that we have something in common with one another. That sometimes what we have in common greatly outweighs the differences and that means there are areas where we’re able to work together, to enjoy working together, to develop a deeper level of trust and respect for one another and that makes all the difference in the World.”