President Obama is calling for swift action on the multi-billion dollar economic stimulus package, but should that plan involve reducing the number of babies born in our country?
In an interview, Sunday, with ABC's George Stephanopoulous, House speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested birth control funding be added to the plan now working its way through Congress.
"The family planning services reduce cost," she said. "The states are in terrible fiscal budget crises now and part of what we do for children's health, education and some of those elements are to help the states meet their financial needs."
Click play for more insight on Pelosi's proposal, with David Nammo of the Family Research Council.
Concern Among Pro-lifers
Her suggested use for the money has caused outrage among pro-life groups.
"A radical social agenda does not belong in the economic stimulus package," Dennis Smith of the Heritage Foundation said in a statement. "At a minimum, congressional sponsors should be required to present it for a full debate with the potential for amendments in the House of Representatives and the Senate."
Pelosi's remarks come on the heels of Obama's decision, last week, to once again allow U.S. tax-payer money to be given to international organizations that perform abortions or provide information on the procedure.
Former Virginia Sen. George Allen opposes using public funds to pay for abortions abroad.
"If [it were only] health counseling, that'd be fine, but it's actually paying for abortions in other countries," he said. "I don't think American tax payer money should be going for abortions in our country...[or] to other countries."
"And in some of the countries abortions are contrary to the laws of that country," he added.
Overturning Bush Policy
While in office, President Bush re-instated the ban on overseas abortions. Obama says he reversed the policy last week because it undercut family planning efforts by developing countries.
He also says he wants to have a "fresh conversation on family planning" that will benefit not only Americans, but people in other nations.
"I have directed my staff to reach out to those on all sides of this issue to achieve the goal of reducing unintended pregnancies," Obama said in a statement Friday. "They will also work to promote safe motherhood, reduce maternal and infant mortality rates and increase educational and economic opportunities for women and girls."
But for some that's not enough.
"The President promised to fight consensus on this issue and make abortions more rare," said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. "You don't make abortions more rare by putting federal resources into it and making it more available. That's actually spending more money and makes abortions more frequently."
And many, like Martin Luther King's niece Alveda King, say they will continue fighting abortion in America and around the world.
"As constituents hear from us, they will contact their Congress people and the President and their legislation and their governors," she said.