The pro-choice Obama White House requires pregnant visitors to count their unborn child as a person for tours of the executive mansion.
An email explaining the policy was sent by Ellie Schafer, director of the White House’s visitors office, and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. In it, she tells a congressional staffer that the White House has “received a number of calls regarding how to enter security information for a baby that has not yet been born.”
“Crazy as it may sound, you MUST include the baby in the overall count of guests in the tour,” the email stated. “It’s an easy process.”
The missive instructs guests to list the following for unborn children:
“LAST NAME: The family’s last name.
FIRST NAME: ‘Baby’ as a first name.
MIDDLE NAME: NMN as in No Middle Name.
DOB: Use the date you are submitting the request to us as their birthday.
GENDER: If the parents know put the gender down if not, you can enter either M or F as we’ll ask you to update it at the time of birth.
SOCIAL: As they will not have a SSN and are under 18, you will not need to enter this field. Again if the spreadsheet asked for a social enter 9 zero’s (not the word nine zeros but 000000000 and yes it happens!)
CITIZEN/CITY/STATE: The citizen, city and state should be entered the same as the parents.”
A spokesman for the Secret Service said all visitors to the White House are required to provide identification “regardless of age,” and that the policy for an unborn child takes into account that a child might be born between the time parents request a tour and the time that the tour actually takes place.
Requiring parents to register their unborn child “serves as a placeholder,” spokesman Max Milien said. He said the policy helps “to expedite the process” when parents arrive for a tour with a baby who has been born recently.
Douglas Johnson, legislative director of the National Right to Life Committee, said there’s a disconnect at the White House.
“It is ironic that President Obama’s staff recognizes the existence of unborn babies for purposes of providing security within the White House — yet, there is no indication that President Obama has any problem with the fact that throughout the District of Columbia, abortion is now legal for any reason up to the moment of birth,” Mr. Johnson said in a statement.
Mr. Johnson also noted that the White House email “provides no guidance on what the staff should do if an unborn baby is first registered for security purposes, but then aborted.”
Mr. Johnson noted that a House Judiciary subcommittee will hold a hearing May 17 on legislation that would prohibit abortion in the sixth month and later in the District.
“If the president wants to provide for the security of the unborn child immediately outside of the White House gates, as well as inside, he should endorse this bill,” he said.