White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has become famous for her backtracking, sidestepping, and all-out refusal to answer basic policy questions. Compared to the Trump administration, reporters have been kind to Psaki and Biden, hardly attempting the “gotcha” questions so often asked of Trump and his team.
On Monday, Psaki was asked a very direct question from a reporter curious about the Biden administration stance on abortion.
The reporter asked, “Does President Biden believe that a 15-week-old unborn baby is a human being?”
Psaki quickly retorted, dodging the question by asking her own:
“Are you asking me if the president supports a woman’s right to choose? He Does,” Psaki snidely replied.
Watch the full exchange here:
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 21, 2021
Where exactly Joe Biden lands on abortion has remained unclear, except that he supports the procedure and would even sign a bill allowing for its federal funding. However, the devout Catholic that he is, Biden has received some negative attention from the Church. In fact, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops recently voted 168-55 in favor of creating a document that would ban pro-abortion political figures from receiving Holy Communion. Joe Biden would fall in that category.
“It’s not the bishops who have brought us to this point — it’s some of our public officials. This is a Catholic president doing the most aggressive things we’ve ever seen on life at its most innocent,” Kansas City Archbishop Joseph Naumann said.
But not all in attendance were in agreement on the issue, including Washington, D.C., Archbishop Wilton Gregory, who is Biden’s current local bishop and has said he will not deny the president Communion.
The Vatican has also criticized the document, stating that such a move will only further politicize Holy Communion. which has stated concerns that such a vote will only politicize Communion.
“For Francis, a majority vote by a deeply divided bishops conference is not a sign that one should proceed but the opposite,” said a spokesman for Pope Francis.
“Francis has been consistent in his message to the American bishops: ‘Don’t get trapped in culture wars and give a witness of unity.’ I don’t think this vote does that.”
Just one week before the vote by U.S. bishops, the Vatican sent out a warning urging the group to drop the effort.
Author: Sebastian Hayworth