The press briefing on Monday at the White House exposed the deep concerns surrounding President Joe Biden’s competence to run for a second term, which includes his stance on abortion. During her Sunday night town hall with CNN, Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley responded to a question on whether she would enact a heartbeat bill into law as president. To a round of applause from her audience, Haley referred to Biden’s support for abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy and demanded the media to “ask Kamala and Biden if they would agree to 37 weeks, 38 weeks, 39 weeks,” as she pointed out that no one had asked them how late they are willing to go. She further asked why the administration is misleading the American people when they could be honest about their stance.
During Monday’s briefing, a reporter asked White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre if she could tell them “the sort of correct position of the administration in terms of what kind, if any, kinds of restrictions on abortion the administration supports?” Although Jean-Pierre did not use the Hatch Act as an excuse this time to avoid the question, her response was still not satisfactory. Jean-Pierre said she hadn’t watched the town hall and, therefore, couldn’t speak to exactly what Haley had said, but the press secretary did have a response on Biden’s position. Biden, according to Jean-Pierre, “will continue to call on Congress to restore Roe v. Wade,” but didn’t elaborate on any further details.
The truth is that Biden’s legislation, the Women’s Health Protection Act, is not meant to “restore” Roe. It’s meant to broaden its scope. This legislation would allow for abortions up to nine months throughout the country without a legal limit, which Biden, along with nearly all Democrats, supports. This has been misleadingly referred to as a bill that would “codify” Roe, and even press conferences leading up to last year’s midterm elections referred to the bill as if it would take the country back to 1973.
Karine Jean-Pierre refuses to answer whether or not Joe Biden supports ANY limits on abortion. pic.twitter.com/gikMP3i0W5
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The WHPA previously gained a majority in the Democratically-controlled House but could not make it past a filibuster in the Senate. With the Republicans taking back the House and enjoying equal power in the Senate, it appears unlikely that such legislation would pass. Haley’s campaign brought attention to her response during Sunday’s town hall and pointed out that Jake Tapper was misguided in claiming that Biden supported a federal ban on late-term abortion.
Haley emphasized that her pro-life stance has always been to save as many babies and help as many moms as possible. She believes that Republicans and Democrats can come to a consensus on banning late-term abortion. The real question is whether Joe Biden and Kamala Harris would agree to limit abortions in the later stages of pregnancy. However, no one in the media has shown the bravery to ask them, pointing to the prejudices that overshadow modern-day journalism.