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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki had quite the meltdown on Thursday when a reporter grilled her about Joe Biden’s Catholic faith and his support for abortion.
During the White House press briefing, Psaki was asked about the Supreme Court rejecting an emergency appeal late on Wednesday to block a Texas law prohibiting most abortions.
“The effort and the focus of the federal government is to look for every resource, every level at our disposal to ensure that women in Texas have the ability to seek healthcare,” said Psaki as questions about the ruling began.
“Why does the president support abortion when his own Catholic faith teaches abortion is morally wrong?” asked one reporter.
“He believes that it is a woman’s right, a woman’s body, her choice,” said Psaki.
“He believes it is up to a woman to make those decisions and make those decisions with her doctor. I know you have never faced those choices nor have you been pregnant. But for women out there who have faced those choices, this is an incredibly difficult thing in the president believes that their rights should be respected. Go ahead. I think we need to move on. You have had plenty of time today,” she snapped back before moving on.
Psaki was visibly angry about the question and her cheeks even appeared to turn red during the tense exchange.
REPORTER: "Why does the President support abortion when his own catholic faith teaches it is morally wrong?"
PSAKI: "I know you have never faced those choices, nor have you ever been pregnant but for women out there who have faced those choices, this is a difficult thing." pic.twitter.com/Xzz2Fwhh0O
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) September 2, 2021
In a 5-4 vote, the Court refused to step in to block a Texas law prohibiting most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy.
The measure is arguably one of the most pro-life laws in the country.
Justices Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Neil Gorsuch, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito voted in the majority to uphold the Texas abortion ban.
Chief Justice John Roberts, a supposed Republican, joined the court’s three liberal members in dissent.
The Supreme Court majority cited “complex and novel” procedural questions for its decision, emphasizing that it was not ruling on the constitutionality of the Texas law.
The ruling is 5-4.
Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh & Barrett vote not to block the law.
Chief Justice Roberts joins the three liberals (Breyer, Sotomayor & Kagan) in dissent.
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) September 2, 2021
Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 8 back in May, which prohibits abortions following the detection of a fetal heartbeat, which can occur as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.
The measure also allows members of the public to file a lawsuit against doctors they claim violated the law, The Hill reported.
Nearly two dozen abortion providers were looking to block the law from going into effect.
The providers filed an emergency motion asking the appeals court to issue a temporary stay or send the matter back to a lower court.
The 5th Circuit Court, which is arguably one of the most conservative in the country, denied the request.
“Our creator endowed us with the right to life and yet millions of children lose their right to life every year because of abortion,” Abbott said when he signed Senate Bill 8 into law.
“In Texas, we work to save those lives, and that’s exactly what the Texas Legislature did this session,” he said at the time. “The life of every unborn child with a heartbeat will be saved from the ravages of abortion.”
Republican state Sen. Bryan Hughes said: “The Texas Heartbeat Act is the most powerful pro-life legislation in Texas history and will stand as a model for the country,” he said.
Texas GOP Rep. Shelby Slawson tweeted: “When a heartbeat is detected, that innocent unborn life is protected!!”