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Press Secretary Jen Psaki Dodges Questions About Biden Abortion Policy: He ‘Attends Church Regularly’

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Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, pauses during a news conference in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Joe Biden began his presidency with a soaring appeal to end Americas "uncivil war" and reset the tone in Washington, delivering an inaugural address that dispensed with a laundry list of policy goals to instead confront the nation's glaring political divides as the foremost obstacle to moving the country forward.
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New White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki dodged answering questions from the media about President Joe Biden’s abortion policy during her first press conference on Wednesday evening by invoking Biden’s professed religious beliefs and noting that he attended church before the inauguration.

Psaki made the remarks during the following interaction with Owen Jensen:

JENSEN: Yeah, hi. Congratulations on your new position. Owen Jensen with EWTN, Global Catholic Network. Two big concerns for pro-life Americans: the Hyde Amendment, which of course keeps tax payer dollars as you know for abortions, Medicaid abortions. And the Mexico City policy, which under the previous administration, expanded to keep tax dollars from overseas paying for abortions. So what does President Biden planning on doing on those two items right now?

PSAKI: Well, I think we’ll have more to say on the Mexico City policy in the coming days, but I will just take the opportunity to remind all of you that he is a devout Catholic and somebody who attends church regularly. He started his day attending church with his family this morning, but I don’t have anything more for you on that.

America Rising Executive Director Cassie Smedile responded by writing on Twitter: “Jen Psaki spins out of Hyde Amdt. & Mexico City question by saying Pres. Biden is a ‘devout Catholic’. Either Pres. Biden is about to be a very pro-Life President or Jen Psaki (and basically everyone else) needs to stop referring to him as a ‘devout Catholic’…!”

Abigail Marone, a communications adviser for Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT), wrote: “CNN currently fawning over Biden for being ‘unapologetic about his faith.’ The man supports unlimited taxpayer funded abortions and promised to sue nuns, but ok.”

Former Trump administration official Catherine O’Neill wrote on Twitter: “Friendly reminder that actual Devout Catholics are pro-life.”

Other commentators made similar remarks in response to the non-answer from Psaki.

“Biden described himself as ‘personally pro-life’ while nonetheless believing that Roe v. Wade was correctly decided and that women have a constitutional right to abortion,” The Daily Wire reported in 2019.  Biden had supported the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funds being directed to abortion, for decades. However, in 2019 he flipped on the issue.

Biden’s campaign website outlined his following stances on abortion:

  • Stop state laws violating Roe v. Wade. Biden will work to codify Roe v. Wade, and his  Justice Department will do everything in its power to stop the rash of state laws that so blatantly violate Roe v. Wade.
  • Restore federal funding for Planned Parenthood. The Obama-Biden Administration fought Republican attacks on funding for Planned Parenthood again and again. As President, Biden will reissue guidance specifying that states cannot refuse Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood and other providers and reverse the Trump Administration’s rule preventing these organizations from obtaining Title X funds.
  • Just as the Obama-Biden Administration did, rescind the Mexico City Policy (also referred to as the global gag rule) that President Trump reinstated and expanded. This rule currently bars the U.S. federal government from supporting important global health efforts — including for malaria and HIV/AIDS — in developing countries simply because the organizations providing that aid also offer information on abortion services.

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