On Tuesday, Pro-Life groups met with Joshua Dubois, the head of the White House’s Faith Based Office. The president of Concerned Women for America, Wendy Wright was the one who initiated the meeting and The White House agreed. The Brody File caught up with Wendy Wright outside The White House grounds to ask how the meeting went. The video of the interview is above. A partial transcription is below. The point of the meeting was to start building a dialogue as to how the views of pro-life groups may be able to be incorporated into initiatives to reduce abortions and promote responsible fatherhood.
“Joshua (DuBois, White House Faith Based Director) is a young and dynamic man and he seems to understand the faith perspective. Our intention with this meeting was to open a dialogue and to ensure that as they are forming their policies and programs that they’re taking into consideration the views of those deeply involved in the faith community and that there also taking into consideration the policies and programs that actually work, that are evidence based that have proof of reducing the number of abortions.”
“We hope that this will be the first of many meetings.”
“It was a very cordial meeting. It was also quite honest. We provided information on the kinds of programs that don’t work in reducing abortions and the programs that do work and so we needed to be very honest in presenting that. It remains to be seen what they will do with that information….the burden now is on them to come up with the kinds of policies that do show respect for the faith based community.”
“I can’t really say I came away with any new information or a new impression. Generally what we heard are the same things that we’ve been hearing…perhaps the information we gave to them was new to them, they’ve not heard it before. I hope that if that’s the case that the information will influence their current positions.”
Look, I’ve covered Joshua Dubois and the faith team for a couple years now. I don’t think there’s a question that he’s an honest broker in the process. You get the sense from past actions that he’s willing to reach out and have a discussion. What will be the final result?