Owen Jensen, a reporter from the Eternal World Television Network, was Psaki bombed on Wednesday by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki for repeatedly pushing a misleading narrative about President Joe Biden’s administration’s position on abortion.
“So today, as you all know, the Biden Administration and HHS started the reversal of the Trump administration’s ban on abortion referrals at Title X family planning clinics. So my first question, why does the Biden Administration insist that pro-life Americans pay for abortions and violate their conscience?” Jensen asked.
Psaki immediately began dropping her payload of facts.
“Well, first, that’s not an accurate depiction of what happens – so let me, and I know we want to be accurate around here – none of the funds appropriated under this Title shall be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning. That is written into the Public Health Service Act and it specifically states that,” she replied.
Jensen was invoking one of the “Christian” right’s favorite – albeit false, talking points – that taxpayer dollars are used to fund abortions as a form of birth control.
“But we know there’s indirect subsidies, money is fungible, it can’t be traced, we know that, come on,” Jensen fired back.
“That is not how it works, that is the law, so I’m stating what the law is and how it is implemented legally by these organizations” Psaki responded.
“And the reason why though, since you gave me the opportunity, the reason why the president took these steps is because he believes that advancing equity for all, including people of color and others who have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent poverty inequality, can be helped by these actions. And by focusing on advancing equity in the Title X program, we can create opportunities for the improvement of communities that have been historically underserved. Which benefits everyone. That’s how these fundings are used in communities,” Psaki said.
“You talk about equity, allow me to interrupt. How is it equity, how is it fighting systemic racism when abortion, we well know, disproportionately affects minority children?” Jensen asked.
“Again, funding cannot be used from this for abortion, but access to healthcare. Access to healthcare in communities that have been marginalized, underserved, adversely affected by persistent poverty is always going to be something the president fights for,” Psaki reiterated. “I think I’ve answered your question!”
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