Conservative Evangelical Groups to Meet with White House Faith-Based Office

Conservative evangelical groups will meet with the director of the White House Faith-Based Office next Tuesday to discuss the need for reducing abortion in the country.

The Brody File of Christian Broadcasting Network reported that Concerned Women for America, Family Research Council, Christian Medical Association, and pro-life pregnancy crisis group Care Net will meet with Joshua DuBois, director of White House Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, on March 24.

Among the Christians visiting the White House next week will be a doctor who was asked to perform an abortion but refused.

In addition to the topic of abortion reduction, the parties also plan to discuss responsible fatherhood programs.

"The Obama administration says they want to be inclusive and represent all Americans," wrote CWA president Wendy Wright to The Brody File. "The White House faith-based office is now tasked with reducing the number of abortions - something that pro-life groups have very good experience in accomplishing."

"Pregnancy resource centers and regulations on abortion have a terrific track record in helping women choose alternatives to abortion," she said. "Funding abortion or abortion providers is one of the worst things that could be done. What the government funds, we get more of. We hope to begin a dialogue that results in policies which actually work, not just financially benefit certain interest groups like abortion providers."

CWA had first reached out to the Obama administration, which led to the White House inviting the ministry and other like-minded groups to the upcoming meeting.

Next week's meeting with evangelical leaders will follow the White House meeting on Tuesday between President Barack Obama and Cardinal Francis George, OMI, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The two met in the Oval Office to discuss a wide range of issues, including opportunities for the government and the Catholic Church to partner in tackling some of the country's social problems.

Both Catholic and evangelical voices are well represented in the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, which includes: Dr. Frank S. Page, president emeritus of the Southern Baptist Convention; Father Larry J. Snyder of Catholic Charities USA; the Rev. Joel C. Hunter, senior pastor of Northland, a Church Distributed; the Rev. Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners; and Richard Stearns, president of World Vision.