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Jen Psaki fact-checked after abortion claim: 46 Dems voted for unlimited abortion

 August 25, 2023

Former Biden administration official Jen Psaki faces backlash over abortion stance after claiming  that no one supports late-term abortion.

In a recent turn of events, Psaki, a White House press secretary-turned MSNBC host encountered significant criticism for her statement on abortion rights in the United States, as reported by the Daily Wire.

Psaki's controversial statement

Psaki's comment emerged during the recent Republican primary debate. Former Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC) sparked the discussion by challenging the White House on its stance on late-term abortions.

She questioned the positions of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on the matter.

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) furthered the conversation by expressing his concerns about the Democrats' approach to abortion.

He emphasized the need for clarity on their stance, especially concerning late-term abortions.

Psaki, in response, made a bold claim on social media. She stated that no one supports abortion up to the moment of birth. This statement was met with immediate backlash.

Immediate reactions and counterclaims

Podcast host Megyn Kelly was among the first to counter Psaki's claim. She pointed out that there are indeed Democrats who support late-term abortions.

Delano Squires referenced a 2019 proposal by a Virginia delegate that would have permitted abortions even during dilation.

John Hasson highlighted that 46 Democrat senators had voted in favor of the Women’s Health Protection Act on Feb. 28, 2022. This act would have allowed abortions up to birth and would have placed the financial burden on American taxpayers.

States and officials in the spotlight

A user named @TRHLOfficial shared a map indicating seven U.S. states with no restrictions on abortion at any pregnancy stage.

The DeSantis War Room also released a video compilation. This video showcased various Democrat officials advocating for no restrictions on abortion.

Notable names included Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA), Mayor Eric Adams (D-NYC), and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM).

Greg Price brought to light a video of Psaki herself. In this video, she was seen promoting the Women’s Health Protection Act.

This act, as mentioned earlier, would have legalized abortion up to birth and made taxpayers responsible for the costs.

The Reality of late-term abortions

While Psaki's statement on late-term abortions has stirred controversy, it's essential to delve deeper into the facts surrounding the issue.

According to the report by Daily Citizen, there are seven jurisdictions in the country -- Alaska, Colorado, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, and Vermont, along with Washington, D.C. -- that currently have no gestational limit on when a woman can obtain an abortion.

This means that in these states, abortions can be performed even when the preborn baby is in the advanced stages of gestation.

State lawmakers in these regions evidently support late-term abortions, as there are no restrictions in place.

Furthermore, other states like Michigan and California have passed ballot measures that enshrine abortion as a "right" in their state constitutions.

These measures ensure the legality of abortions up to viability, which is generally around 22-weeks' gestation. However, they also allow abortions if deemed necessary for a woman's "health" or "mental health," which can be interpreted broadly.

Public opinion and late-term abortions

The debate around late-term abortions isn't just about legality but also public perception.

While some argue that such abortions are rare, it's crucial to consider the actual numbers. An estimated 15,000 late-term abortions occur annually in the U.S. This statistic is significant, especially for the preborn babies and their mothers affected by it.

Journalist Katie Couric highlighted that fewer than 1% of abortions occur in the third trimester.

While this may be true, the sheer number of late-term abortions cannot be dismissed. Moreover, a poll conducted in April 2023 by NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist revealed that only 22% of Americans believe abortion should be available at any time during pregnancy.

This suggests that a vast majority of the population supports some form of restriction on abortion.

Conclusion

  • Jen Psaki faced significant criticism for her statement on abortion.
  • The debate was initiated by former Governor Nikki Haley during a GOP debate.
  • Several individuals and groups countered Psaki's claims with evidence.
  • The Women’s Health Protection Act was a focal point of the discussion.
  • The debate on abortion rights is expected to intensify as the 2024 elections near.