White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy that President Joe Biden agrees with comments made by Kamala Harris that the Supreme Court decision on abortion access is “similar to slavery.”
Harris said to the NAACP on Monday, “we know, NAACP, that our country has a history of claiming ownership over human bodies. And today, extremists, so-called leaders, are criminalizing doctors and punishing women from making healthcare decisions for themselves,” in a speech where she called the Court “extreme.”
“She is correct,” said Jean-Pierre, “Today’s decisions are criminalizing doctors and essentially taking the rights away from women, taking the freedom away from women, really taking away people’s privacy that does matter. And that is important.”
Doocy: "Does the president agree with [Harris] that the recent Supreme Court decision on abortion access is similar to slavery?"
Jean-Pierre: "I appreciate you reading out what she said, I need to actually see exactly what was said and in what complete context." pic.twitter.com/v30azHTQHd
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It took very little scrutinizing from Doocy, however, before Jean-Pierre walked back some of what she had just said.
“So the President agrees?” Doocy asked.
She then said she would “”need to actually see exactly what was was said” and know the “complete context.”
Jean-Pierre continued on the Supreme Court’s decision to give the states back their rights, saying: “I just laid out what women are going through in this country because of an extreme decision that SCOTUS made, because of what they did. It is going to up and change the lives of women across the country.”
She warned of “extreme Republicans, Ultra MAGA Republicans, have made it clear that that is what they’re going after next. So that does matter.”