Reports: Obama to Scratch Abortion Funds

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An attempt to use funds in President Obama's economic stimulus bill for family planning services will likely be dropped by Democrats, officials said late Monday.

Democratic sources say the President told congressional party members to end the proposal, which included funding for contraceptives and abortions. Obama is expected to confirm that decision, Tuesday, after planned meetings with GOP lawmakers over his stimulus package.

Click play for more on this story with CBN News reporter Jennifer Wishon and an interview with Dennis Smith of the Heritage Foundation.

Pro-life activist had voiced concern over use of the money after House speaker Nancy Pelosi said part of Obama's $825 billion plan could include funding for services like birth control and abortions. She said Sunday the additional funding would "reduce costs" for states.

"What I hear her saying is we've got hundreds of billions of dollars of taxpayer money and we're going to give Planned Parenthood a bailout," David Nammo of the Family Research Council told CBN News in response to Pelosi's comments.

"It certainly seems by the policies she follows... that they see babies and unwanted pregnancies as a burden on society," he added.

Republicans saw the earmark as wasteful spending by Democrats to further an agenda outside of the economy.

"How you can spend hundreds of millions of dollars on contraceptives... how does that stimulate the economy?" House Republican Leader John Boehner asked. "You can go through a whole host of issues that have nothing to do with growing jobs in America and helping people keep their jobs."

Obama spoke personally with Rep. Henry Waxman about removing the provision, several Democrats said Monday night. Waxman oversees the committee in charge of Medicaid and has supported Pelosi on various issues in the past.

Still, the abortion debate could remain an issue in Obama's policies. Last week, the new president overturned George W. Bush's ban on funding overseas abortions. The order will allow U.S. taxpayer money to be used by international family planning groups.

Obama said the change was to encourage a "fresh conversation on family planning" here and abroad.

Sources: CBN News, Associated Press, CBS News

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