During the same round of questioning, EWTN correspondent Owen Jensen asked Jen Psaki when President Biden thinks life begins. “You know the position of the president,” Psaki said. “He believes in a woman’s right to choose, and he’s spoken about it in the past.”
The White House declined to say whether President Joe Biden’s choice for the next Supreme Court justice should be pro-abortion, during a press briefing on Tuesday.
“I’m not going to sketch out a litmus test by today,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Feb. 1. Her comments came in response to EWTN correspondent Owen Jensen, who asked, “Does this person have to be pro-Abortion?”
While Psaki declined to say more about the future Supreme Court nominee regarding abortion, she repeated to Jensen that the president “believes in a woman’s right to choose.”
On January 27, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer announced his upcoming retirement this summer, aged 83. In response, Biden renewed his campaign pledge to appoint a black woman to court.
“I will nominate someone with extraordinary qualifications, charity, experience and integrity,” Biden said at the time. “And that person will be the first black woman ever appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States.”
When Jensen asked how the abortion debate would shape Biden’s selection process, Psaki echoed Biden’s words.
“The president is going to select an eminently qualified black woman to serve on the tribunal,” she said at the press briefing. “He’s going to do that by consulting with a range of members of Congress, through outside experts, and obviously engaging with them directly.”
During the same round of questioning, Jensen asked Psaki when Biden believed life began. He noted that Biden had previously said he doesn’t believe life begins at conception.
“You know the position of the president,” Psaki said. “He believes in a woman’s right to choose, and he’s spoken about it in the past.”
She added: “I know you ask every time you come here, which is your absolute right, but I don’t think I have anything new to reveal to you.”
Jensen pressed again.
“It’s central to the debate about the issue of the viability of a baby, and pro-life Americans, don’t you agree, should know where the president stands in his thinking,” Jensen said. . “It’s a fundamental question.”
PSAKI repeated, “The president believes in a woman’s right to choose.
Last September, Jensen made headlines after asking Psaki about Texas’ recently enacted abortion ban.
“I know you’ve never faced those choices, and you’ve never been pregnant,” Psaki Jensen chided, “but for women who have faced those choices, it’s an incredibly difficult.”
Jensen went on to ask, “Why does the president support abortion when his own Catholic faith teaches that abortion is morally wrong?”
PSAKI responded that the president believes abortion is “a woman’s right, it’s a woman’s body and it’s her choice.”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church, which summarizes the teaching of the Church, recognizes the inherent dignity and value of the unborn human person and considers abortion a “crime against human life”.
“Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception,” reads the Catechism. “From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among them the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.”