The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hear a case involving a Mississippi law that seeks to ban most abortions after 15 weeks into a woman’s pregnancy.
As a result, reporters are increasingly pressuring high-profile Democrats to respond on the record to questions regarding when human life begins — and White House press secretary Jen Psaki is among the latest to offer an equivocal response.
According to Breitbart, she also opted against directly responding to a separate debate among Catholic leaders regarding the possibility of denying communion to pro-choice politicians.
Just a few days before Psaki’s ambiguous answer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) similarly refused to provide a straight answer on the status of personhood for unborn babies.
One reporter asked the White House spokeswoman for a response on President Joe Biden’s behalf, asking: “Does the president believe that a 15-week-old unborn baby is a human being?”
Providing a response to a question that had not been asked, Psaki added: “Are you asking me if the president supports a woman’s right to choose? He does.”
She moved on past the question, but the topic resurfaced later on in the same briefing with a question regarding Biden’s reaction to the forthcoming stance by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops regarding communion for politicians who espouse views contrary to church teachings.
“A strong man of faith”
Effectively dodging this question, too, Psaki said that the president is a “strong man of faith” who regularly attends church, adding that his faith is “personal” and not viewed through the lens of partisan politics.
“And we’re not going to comment otherwise on the inner workings of the Catholic Church,” she added.
Pressed on whether the controversy might convince Biden to change his position on abortion, Psaki reiterated that the topic of faith is “personal” before asserting that “we’re going to move on to the next question.”
Biden himself offered a similar take on the matter when asked on Friday how he felt about possibly being denied communion, declaring: “That’s a private matter, and I don’t that’s going to happen. Thank you.”
Psaki was also not alone among prominent Democrats in dancing around the issue of when a fetus should be considered a human being. In response to a question during a press conference on Thursday, Pelosi replied: “Let me just say that I am a big supporter of Roe v. Wade. I am a mother of five children in six years. I think I have some standing on this issue as to respecting a woman’s right to choose.”