Pro-life women criticized White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki this week after she lobbed a personal attack against a male journalist for asking about President Joe Biden’s pro-abortion position.
During a press conference Thursday, Psaki slammed EWTN reporter Owen Jensen for asking questions about abortion because he is a man who cannot get pregnant.
“By Jen Psaki’s arbitrary standard, Joe Biden shouldn’t be commenting on abortion either as he’s never been pregnant,” said Kristan Hawkins, a mother and president of Students for Life.
She told Fox News that Psaki’s sexist remark just deflected from Biden’s hypocrisy. The president claims to be a devout Catholic, but he supports abortion on demand without limits and wants to force taxpayers to pay for it.
“… it’s Joe Biden who uses his Catholicism as a talking point,” Hawkins said.
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Other criticism came from Lila Rose, president and founder of Live Action, who pointed out that no one has the right to kill a baby in the womb.
“I’ve been pregnant, @PressSec, and it’s *still* not my right, or anyone else’s, to kill a baby,” Rose responded on Twitter. “Being a woman or being pregnant does not give you license to kill. Women deserve better than abortion. The president’s position is illogical, unscientific, immoral & 40 years wrong.”
During the press conference with Psaki, Jensen got to the heart of the issue when he asked: “Who does [Biden] believe, then, should look out for the unborn child?”
Psaki ignored the question and instead attacked Jensen for being a man.
“He believes that it’s up to a woman to make those decisions, and up to a woman to make those decisions with her doctor,” she responded. “I know you’ve never faced those choices, nor have you ever been pregnant, but for women out there who have faced those choices, this is an incredibly difficult thing. The president believes that right should be respected.”
Refusing to directly answer questions or changing the subject is a common tactic with Psaki, especially when asked about abortion. In August, she cut off Jensen when he tried to ask about Biden’s plans to eliminate the Hyde Amendment and force taxpayer to pay for abortions – a hugely unpopular position among Americans. Earlier this summer, she also refused to answer another journalist’s question about if Biden believes a second-trimester unborn baby is a human being.
“Jen Psaki excels at changing the subject anytime President Biden’s hypocrisy comes to light,” Penny Young-Nance, president of Concerned Women for America, told Fox News. “Joe Biden’s pro-abortion conversion is complete and is in direct contradiction to his faith. He has taken the most radical position on abortion believing it should be legal at anytime, for any reason, any number, all paid for by the taxpayer.”
To former Planned Parenthood director turned pro-life advocate Abby Johnson, Psaki’s response to Jensen was downright “silly.” She said the U.S. Supreme Court justices who ruled on Roe v. Wade were all men.
“The bottom line is that they simply don’t respect a man’s opinion who is pro-life,” Johnson said. “But men should have a voice in whether or not their child is killed by abortion.”
Terrisa Bukovinac, a pro-life atheist and board member with Rehumanize International, told Fox News that abortion is not just a religious issue either.
“Joe Biden supporting a woman’s right to choose a brutal death for her unborn child isn’t just out of step with Catholicism, it’s out of step with human rights,” she said. “Feminism demands equality for all and that must include the unborn.”
On Thursday, Biden issued a statement criticizing the new Texas heartbeat law, which could save tens of thousands of babies’ lives. He also announced a new campaign to thwart the pro-life law and ensure that unborn babies in Texas will continue to be killed in abortions.