Joe Biden is “committed” to codifying Roe v. Wade into federal law and keeping abortion on demand legal and easily accessible, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday.
Psaki reiterated Biden’s stance on abortion after news broke that the U.S. Supreme Court plans to hear a major abortion case out of Mississippi, the Catholic News Agency reports.
The case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, involves the constitutionality of a law that bans killing unborn babies in abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Pro-life leaders hope the Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to protect unborn babies from abortion again.
When a reporter asked Psaki about the news, she said she could not comment on the specific case, but she re-affirmed Biden’s radical pro-abortion stance.
“Over the last four years, critical rights – like the right to health care, the right to choose – have been under withering and extreme attack, including through draconian state laws,” she said.
Killing an unborn baby in an abortion is not health care, and thousands of doctors confirm this. But the abortion industry and its supporters are shifting their rhetoric and now claiming that “the right to choose” an abortion is “essential health care.”
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In line with this mistaken belief, Psaki said Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris “are committed to ensuring that every American has access to health care, including reproductive health care, regardless of their income, zip code, race, health insurance status or immigration status.” This means abortion on demand.
Psaki also said Biden “is committed to codifying Roe.”
Biden’s extreme pro-abortion stance does not match most Americans’ beliefs about abortion or most countries’ laws regarding it.
Through Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court forced states to legalize abortion on demand. The 1973 ruling led to more than 62 million unborn babies’ abortion deaths and counting. Because of Roe, some states have no limits whatsoever on the killing of unborn babies in abortions and no states may enforce laws that prohibit abortions before viability.
Because of Roe and subsequent abortion rulings, states are prohibited from restricting abortions before an unborn baby is viable, currently about 22 weeks of pregnancy. The U.S. is one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, a fact confirmed by the left-leaning Washington Post.
The Mississippi case challenges that precedent, arguing that states should be allowed to at least prohibit abortions after 15 weeks when they are more risky for the mother and when they destroy a nearly fully formed unborn baby.
Polls suggest that most Americans agree. A May 2020 Gallup poll found that 55 percent of Americans said abortion should be legal “only in a few circumstances” (35 percent) or “illegal in all circumstances” (20 percent).
Similarly, a January Maris/Knights of Columbus poll found that just 15 percent of Americans believe abortions should be available to a woman any time during her entire pregnancy, Biden’s position. In contrast, 76 percent of Americans (including 55 percent who identify as pro-choice) support strong limits on abortion.
The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the Mississippi case during its next term, likely in the fall of this year.