Biden Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre Calls Killing Babies in Abortions a “Constitutional Right”

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 6, 2022   |   3:12PM   |  

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre accused Louisiana lawmakers Monday of “attacking” Americans’ “constitutional rights” after they passed a pro-life bill with bipartisan support to increase protections for unborn babies.

In a statement, Jean-Pierre described the pro-life legislation as an “attack” on freedom, according to The Hill.

“The Louisiana legislature has taken the latest step in a growing attack against the fundamental freedoms of Americans,” Jean-Pierre said. “The president is committed to protecting the constitutional rights of Americans afforded by Roe for nearly 50 years, and ensuring that women can make their own choices about their lives, bodies and families.”

On Sunday, the Louisiana legislature sent the pro-life measure (Senate Bill 342) to Gov. John Bel Edwards, a pro-life Democrat, for his signature, according to the report. The bill increases penalties for abortionists who kill unborn babies in violation of the state abortion ban.

That ban currently is not in effect because of Roe v. Wade, but many hope it will be soon after news broke in May about a leaked draft ruling that shows the U.S. Supreme Court overturning the 1973 abortion ruling.

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Edwards is expected to sign the bill, and state Sen. Katrina Jackson, a pro-life Democrat from Monroe, is the lead sponsor.

Despite the bipartisan support, the Biden administration claimed the legislation is “radical” and out of touch with most Americans.

“An overwhelming majority of the American people agree and reject these kinds of radical measures,” Jean-Pierre told reporters Monday.

However, most Americans support strong legal protections for unborn babies, including many Democrats. LifeNews highlighted 11 recent polls here. A new Rasmussen poll shows more Americans want Roe v. Wade overturned (48 percent) than want the ruling to remain in place (45 percent).

It is the Biden administration’s pro-abortion goals that do not represent most Americans’ beliefs. Biden supports legislation that would force taxpayers to pay for elective abortions and get rid of widely-supported laws including bans on late-term abortions, parental consent for minors and informed consent.

In Louisiana, lawmakers voted this month to strengthen an existing pro-life trigger law that will protect unborn babies by banning abortions once Roe is overturned.

The bill on Edwards’ desk increases criminal penalties to up to 20 years in prison for abortionists who kill unborn babies in violation of the law. It also defines an unborn child as a human being worthy of protection from the moment of fertilization to ensure that drugs and devices that cause abortions are included in the ban. The legislation allows exceptions for abortions if the mother’s life is at risk.

Louisiana is a pro-life state, and its governor is a rare pro-life Democrat who has signed a number of pro-life bills into law. If the Supreme Court overturns Roe, as many hope it will this summer, Louisiana immediately would begin protecting unborn babies from abortion again under the law.

Since Roe v. Wade, about 63 million unborn babies and hundreds of mothers have died in supposedly “safe, legal” abortions. The 1973 ruling forces states to legalize the killing of unborn babies in abortions up to viability and allows states to legalize abortions up to birth.

The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the Mississippi abortion case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health sometime this summer, likely the end of June.