Representative James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following remarks on an e-mail sent by the White House Visitors Office in which mothers are instructed to provide information for unborn children for use on White House Tour security verification while the District of Columbia does not recognize unborn children as human beings.
The White House released information published in an e-mail regarding the protocol for providing security information on babies not yet born for use in tour security verification. In the e-mail, entitled "Tuesday's Tidbits," Director of the White House Visitor's Office Ellie Shafer stated, "Crazy as it may sound, you MUST include the baby in the overall count of guests in the tour. It's an easy process." Director Shafer goes on to stipulate, "if the parents know, put that gender down if not, you can enter either M or F as we'll ask you to update it at the time of birth."
"Today, the White House inadvertently shed light on a matter of hypocrisy that is truly the difference between life and death," remarked Representative Lankford. "I am surprised at the audacity of the White House to consider unborn children necessary of security information in order for the mother to tour the White House while unborn children do not have the same consideration at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue or anywhere else in D.C.
"Here in our very nation's capital, late-term abortions are permissible," continued Representative Lankford. "This complete lack of reverence for human life observed by the ten square miles including and surrounding the White House does not seem to factor in to the Secret Service security checks for visitors to the White House.
"To combat this discrepancy, the House has introduced H.R. 3803, the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would prohibit abortion at 20 weeks or later in the District of Columbia. This is one step in the pro-life marathon to continue the fight to protect the lives of those who cannot speak for themselves," concluded Representative Lankford.