Barack Obama put domestic policy director Melody Barnes in charge of his task-force to bring pro-life and pro-choice leaders together to reduce the number of abortions. It was a bit of an odd choice, considering that Barnes was once a board member of Planned Parenthood, the billion-dollar "non-profit" that performed over 300,000 abortions last year. (Can you imagine the outrage, say, if Bush had put the CEO of Phillip-Morris in charge of a task-force to combat smoking?) Anyway, the reports that during a meeting with Barnes said : "It is not our goal to reduce the number of abortions." Rather, Barnes said, the goal is to "reduce the need for abortions" Anyway, Obama's choice doesn't seem all that odd now that Barnes reportedly told the task force: Via Allahpundit goes like this: Right now there are many women who want, er, "need" abortions but don't get them because they can't afford them. Under Obama's health-care plan these abortions will be paid for, so the number of abortions will go up. But under Obama's plan, there will also be more support So, you see, Obama's policies will lead to a greater number of abortions but a smaller number of women who "need" abortions. The problem with
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