Three decades of conservative determination and obstruction paid off this week when the right-wing strangled Supreme Court refused to block a draconian Texan anti-abortion bill and opened the door for the end of Roe V. Wade as we know it — at least in the 23 states where Republicans hold the governorship and the legislature.
Predictably, this terrifying turn of events was a subject of discussion at today’s White House press briefing. However, the biggest concern came from Eternal Word Network’s Owen Jensen, who just couldn’t understand how President Biden, a Catholic, could support abortion rights since his faith considers it a sin.
Press Secretary Psaki quickly put him in his place, telling him that “I know you’ve never faced those choices, nor have you ever been pregnant, but for women out there who have faced those choices, this is an incredibly difficult thing.”
"I know you've never faced those choices, nor have you ever been pregnant, but for women out there who have faced those choices, this is an incredibly difficult thing."
— Jen Psaki shuts down a male reporter who asks why Pres. Biden supports abortion against his Catholic faith. pic.twitter.com/2yNHZUV49p
— The Recount (@therecount) September 2, 2021
That’s all that needs to be said. Cisgender men, who are unable to get pregnant and have no idea what it’s like to have to face that kind of decision, should not be allowed to comment or otherwise levy judgement on women’s decisions about their bodies. Unfortunately, the religious extremists in the United States have been hellbent on banning abortion for good, and thanks to Mitch McConnell’s stolen Supreme Court seats and some tremendously bad luck, a court of unelected religious zealots now gets to dictate policy to 300 million Americans — no matter how unpopular it might be.
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Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.