Jen Psaki Reaffirms Administration’s Commitment to Reproductive Freedom
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Monday reaffirmed President Joe Biden’s commitment to protecting reproductive freedom in the United States.
Psaki spoke with reporters at a press briefing that took place shortly after the 6-3 majority-conservative Supreme Court decided to hear a case that has the potential to significantly erode Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1974 ruling that enshrined abortion rights into the Constitution.
“The new case, concerning a state law that seeks to ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, will give the court’s new 6-to-3 majority its first opportunity to address the subject, and supporters of abortion rights reacted to the development with dismay,” The New York Times reported. “Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, No. 19- 1392, concerns a law enacted by the Republican-dominated Mississippi legislature that banned abortions if ‘if the probable gestational age of the unborn human’ was determined to be more than 15 weeks. The statute included narrow exceptions for medical emergencies or ‘a severe fetal abnormality.’
Psaki was asked by a reporter if the Biden Administration views that law as unconstitutional. She framed her answer as part of a broader argument.
“Well I don’t have a comment specifically to the Supreme Court taking the case, but generally speaking, given this is a state law, I can say that over the last four years, critical rights, like the right to health care, the right to choose, have been under withering and extreme attack, including through draconian state laws, and the president and the vice president are devoted to ensuring that every American has access to health care, including reproductive health care, regardless of their income, ZIP code, race, health insurance status or immigration status,” Psaki said. “As such, the president is committed to codifying Roe regardless of the unrelated – well it’s all related – outcome of this case.”
Watch below via CBS News:
After Supreme Court takes up case about Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban, Psaki says President Biden is "committed to codifying" Roe v. Wade as law regardless of the case's outcome https://t.co/efnmUGH0mw pic.twitter.com/kZBDQi1Os4
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