White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre refused to answer a very simple question about abortion from Peter Doocy. Instead of answering the question, she spent two minutes deflecting and attacking Republicans.
During Friday’s White House press conference, Doocy simply asked Jeane-Pierre, “Does President Biden favor any limits on abortion?”
Instead of answering the straightforward question, Jean-Pierre berated Republicans for their stances on abortion – which are already known.
“We’ve been very, very clear here,” Jean-Pierre responded without answering the question.
She then pivoted to the bill introduced by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) earlier this month that would implement a national ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The bill includes exceptions for rape, incest, or to protect the life of the mother.
Jean-Pierre said the national ban after 15 weeks “takes us backwards” and “put at risk the health of women.”
Jean-Pierre then pivoted to the Democratic talking point that Republicans will quash gay marriage rights, contraceptive access, and privacy rights if abortion is banned.
Biden’s mouthpiece said, “I’m not gonna get into specifics here.”
Doocy shot back, “Why not get into specifics?”
The Fox News White House correspondent then followed up, “The Republicans are saying, ‘We don’t want abortion after 15 weeks.’ Why can’t you say how many weeks the president thinks the limit should be?”
Jean-Pierre began to switch subjects to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) rollout of the Republicans agenda if they retake the House. However, Doocy quickly cut her off, “I’m not asking about Kevin McCarthy. I’m asking about Joe Biden and his position on abortion. How many weeks?”
Jean-Pierre responded without answering the question, “Peter, I’m answering your question. What Republicans are trying to do is take us backwards. They’re trying to take away the rights and freedoms of Americans. That’s what we’re calling out and that’s what we’re going to continue to call out.”
Doocy noted, “We’re all covering the Republican plan. Why can’t you say how many weeks for Biden?”
Jean-Pierre dodged the question yet again and said, “I answered your question.”
Doocy retorted, “You did not answer my question, Karine!”
Jean-Pierre then called on another White House correspondent without revealing if Biden believes in any abortion limits – even up until the moment of birth.