POLÉMIC – Asked about a new law severely restricting the right to abortion in Texas, Jen Psaki criticized a journalist, he, “who has never been pregnant”.
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When the debate on abortion takes place in the press room of the White House. Shortly after the United States Supreme Court refused to block a Texas law banning the majority of abortions, the tone rose between White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki and a reporter.
“Why does the president support abortion when his own Catholic faith teaches that abortion is morally wrong?” asked Owen Jensen, a journalist for the Catholic channel EWTN.
“I know you have never faced these choices”
“He thinks that this right belongs to the woman, that it is about her body, that it is her choice”, Jen Psaki first answers. Relaunched by the journalist – who asks “According to President Biden, who should look after the unborn child?” -, the spokesperson replies again. This time more sharply.
“He thinks it’s up to a woman to make these decisions and a woman to make those decisions with her doctor.“, retorted the spokesperson. And to add:”I know you’ve never faced these choices, and you’ve never been pregnant, but for women who have faced these choices, it’s an incredibly difficult thing. The president believes that their rights must be respected. “
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An “insult to the rule of law”
At the heart of the debate: a text, signed in May by the Republican governor of Texas Greg Abbott, which prohibits terminating any pregnancy once the heartbeat of the embryo is detected. Either after about six weeks of pregnancy, when most women don’t even know they are pregnant. The law does not provide an exception in cases of rape or incest, but only if the health of the pregnant woman is in danger. However, more than 85% of abortions performed so far in Texas take place after six weeks of pregnancy, according to family planning organizations in the state which on Wednesday reported their deep distress.
The Supreme Court was seized urgently by associations of family planning to prevent the entry into force, Wednesday, of this very restrictive law. Without commenting on the merits, she finally decided, for procedural reasons, to leave the law in place as long as the legal battle continues. A decision that stunned Joe Biden.
The president blasted “an unprecedented attack on the constitutional rights of women”. The decision of the high court “causes unconstitutional chaos “ and “insults the rule of law “, added the Democratic president in a vitriolic press release.
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