On Thursday, Press Secretary Jen Psaki held her daily press briefing in which the topic of abortion was raised by Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy.
Doocy asked Psaki whether or not President Joe Biden’s stance on abortion has shifted given his evolving opinion over his years in public office on abortion.
Psaki deflected the answer and instead stated that “Peter, the President has spoken — has talked about his position many times. He supports the right of a woman to make choices about her own body with her doctor.”
Following this, the Fox News correspondent asked Psaki about a recent Biden endorsement for Democrat Congressman Tim Ryan who is currently running for the Senate in Ohio and who won his primary this past week. Ryan stated in an interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier that he does not support any limit on abortion.
When asked whether or not Biden shares Congressman Ryan’s view, Psaki deflected again stating that “The President has stated his view many times” and “I would refer you to his comments about abortion and a woman’s right to choose and make decisions about her body with her doctor, which is what any of those women would do.”
Doocy highlighted Biden’s shifting opinions on the question of abortion given that in December 1981, then-Senator Biden proposed a constitutional amendment to bring the question of abortion back to the states rather than being decided by the nine Supreme Court justices.
However, despite Biden’s previous push to put abortion back into the hands of voters, President Biden campaigned on codifying Roe v. Wade into federal law.
Ultimately, Psaki’s deflection comes as the Biden Administration has refused to condemn the recent leak of an opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito with Psaki stating that “I don’t think we have a particular view on that other than to say that we certainly note the unprecedented nature of it,”
The leaked opinion has led to mass protests both outside of the Supreme Court and the Justices’ homes after an organization called Ruth Sent Us published the six conservative justices’ addresses on their website.
The opinion, which would overturn the controversial 1973 decision Roe v. Wade, had a 5 to 4 split amongst the Justices with Justice Alito writing the majority opinion to overturn Roe, thus sending the question of abortion back to state legislatures.
In response to this, pro-abortion activists have vandalized churches, targeted pregnancy centers, and held mass demonstrations across the United States in major cities like Los Angeles, New York, and Austin.
Additionally, Democratic legislators in Congress have called for the codification of Roe v. Wade into federal law as expressed by Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts on Tuesday who declared outside the Supreme Court that “I am angry. Angry and upset and determined. The United States Congress can keep Roe v. Wade the law of the land. They just need to do it.”
With both President Biden and other Democrats calling for the codification of Roe in a time where the decision could be overturned as soon as June, the abortion debate will likely enter a new era in state legislatures across the country.