On Thursday morning, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre refused to say whether the White House would accept the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade as “legitimate.”
Prior to Friday morning’s Supreme Court ruling in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, which overturned previous abortion precedents and returned the issue back to the states, Jean-Pierre was questioned about the issue by a reporter.
The White House press secretary was first asked whether President Joe Biden had any executive actions lined up if the court were to overturn Roe. Jean-Pierre responded by claiming that the impending decision could “take away a woman’s right,” and would have massive implications.
“We are just still trying to go through and having that discussion to see what our options are before we move forward, we don’t want to get ahead of the president, clearly, but if, you know — and I’ve said this before — if indeed there is a, if the Supreme Court in the decision, the Dobbs decision overturns Roe, we will ask Congress to restore Roe,” she said.
The reporter then moved on to ask the important question of whether or not the White House would even accept the decision, as Biden has been open about his radical pro-abortion position since taking office.
“Just to be clear, will the President accept this decision as legitimate, even if he disagrees with it?” she asked.
“It’s gonna come from the Supreme Court, so it’s going to be a decision that we certainly are going to respond to, so I’ll leave it at, it’s just like any other Supreme Court decision, just like the one that they did today on guns,” Jean-Pierre replied. “So, as we know, the draft was leaked so we don’t want to speak to that too much until there’s an actual decision, which we know is supposed to be coming. So we’re all, just like you, waiting to see when that happens. But in the meantime, we’re doing our due diligence to be prepared.”
On Friday morning, the Supreme Court released a decision overturning Roe v. Wade, and returning the issue of abortion to the states. The decision followed the leaking of an early draft opinion in May which indicated that this outcome was likely, which led to weeks of speculation and anticipation as to when the ruling would come down.
“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences… It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives,” the decision states.
THE SUPREME COURT HAS OVERTURNED ROE V. WADE, ELIMINATING THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO ABORTION.https://t.co/ZNYRs3QnpJ
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) June 24, 2022