White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki tore into Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott’s proclamation that the Texas Heartbeat Act generously grants rape victims six weeks to seek an abortion and that he will – somehow – prevent all future rapes from happening in his state.
“Rape is a crime, and Texas will work tirelessly to make sure we eliminate all rapists from the streets of Texas by aggressively going out and arresting them and prosecuting them and getting them off the streets,” Abbott said on Tuesday.
Psaki said that Abbott’s pledge is not only nonsense but is also virtually impossible to achieve.
“Well, if Governor Abbott has a means of eliminating all rapists or all rape from the United States, I’m sure there will be bipartisan support for that. But given there has never been in the history of the country, in the world, been any leader who’s ever been able to eliminate rape, eliminate rapists from our streets, it’s even more imperative – it’s one of the many reasons I should say, not the only reason, why women in Texas should have access to health care.”
Psaki then reaffirmed President Joe Biden’s commitment to protecting women’s rights.
So it does not change our objectives, does not change our commitment. The Department of Justice – the attorney general – announced a step on Monday” to fight back against Senate Bill 8, she said. “Our Department of Justice is continuing to look at legal options. Our Department of Health and Human Services is also continuing to look at all options and the president has made clear that it’s a priority to do everything we can to ensure women in Texas have access to health care.”
Watch below via ABC News:
WH press sec. Jen Psaki reacts to Texas governor’s comments in defense of abortion law with no rape exceptions: “If Gov. Abbott has a means of eliminating all rapists or all rape from the United States, then there would be bipartisan support for that.” https://t.co/W38nrl4h67 pic.twitter.com/azCFtyxyLi
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