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April 13, 2023
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki snapped at a reporter Thursday after he asked how President Biden can consider himself a Catholic while also supporting abortion.
Owen Jensen, a reporter with EWTN, a Catholic news network, asked Psaki during her daily press briefing why the President supports abortion “when his own Catholic faith teaches abortion is morally wrong.” Psaki responded: “I know you’ve never faced those choices.” She adding that “for women out there who have faced those choices, this is an incredibly difficult thing. The president believes that right should be respected.”
As Jensen tried to ask another question, Psaki moved on to other reporters, telling the reporter: “I think we’ve got to move on. You have had plenty of time today.” Psaki’s exchange with the reporter comes a day after the U.S. Supreme Court decided it will not block a Texas law that prohibits most abortion procedures after six weeks of pregnancy.
On Thursday, Biden said the Supreme Court’s move of allowing the law to stand will result in “unconstitutional chaos” as it infringes on women’s rights. He warned that the decision “empowers self-anointed enforcers to have devastating impacts.”
Psaki did face criticism for bringing up the reporter’s gender. During an interview with Fox News, Students for Life president Kristan Hawkins said based on Psaki’s comments, the president also “shouldn’t be commenting on abortion either as he’s never been pregnant.” Hawkins also said Psaki’s defense hinted “sexism.” And Penny Young-Nance, the CEO of Concerned Women for America, said Psaki “excels at changing the subject” whenever Biden’s “hypocrisy comes to light.”
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
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