Pro-Life Groups, WH Talk Reducing Abortions

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WASHINGTON -- Pro-life groups have been concerned that their cause will be totally ignored by the Obama administration. But on Tuesday, some of the most conservative pro-lifers had a chance to sit down for a long meeting with the White House point-man on abortion.

It's a meeting some thought would spark fireworks since the White House is seen as so liberal and groups like Concerned Women for America and Focus on the Family are so conservative.

The woman who organized that meeting came away from it sounding upbeat.

Click play for a CBN News interview with Wendy Wright of Concerned Women for America.  Also, click here to watch Paul Strand's previous report.

Wendy Wright, the president of Concerned Women for America, said the Tuesday gathering at the White House was "a very cordial meeting."

"It was also quite honest," Wright added. "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. We certainly hope that the information will get to those people who are shaping this administration's positions and policies."

First Impressions

Wright's impression of Joshua DuBois, the man heading up the White House's Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, is that he understands the faith perspective. But she wasn't sure whether pro-life groups like hers could really influence the generally liberal views of those at the White House and actually help reduce the number of abortions -- something President Obama says is a goal of his.

Wright described her goal of this White House meeting

"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," she told CBN News.

One area where both sides see room for common ground -- pushing for more responsible fatherhood. If men can be moved to take more responsibility for their children, the unborn ones as well, all sides see that as a path to reducing the desperation that leads many women to abortions.

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