White House mum on late-term abortion criticism from Nikki Haley

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White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre declined to comment Monday when asked about comments made by former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley the night prior about President Joe Biden’s abortion policies. Charles Krupa/AP

White House mum on late-term abortion criticism from Nikki Haley

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White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre declined to comment Monday when asked about comments made by former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley the night prior about President Joe Biden‘s abortion policies.

Haley, the second Republican presidential primary to take part in a CNN town hall, bristled when host Jake Tapper asked if she would sign a six-week abortion ban into law if elected president, as other Republican contenders have stated.

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“I will answer that when you ask Kamala and Biden if they would agree to 37 weeks, 38 weeks, 39 weeks,” Haley responded to Tapper. “No one asked them how late they are willing to go. What I’m saying is, why go and put the American people through that? Why do that? Why not talk about what’s the truth?

“What can we all agree on?” she asked. “I think we can all agree on banning late-term abortions. I think we can all agree on encouraging adoptions and making sure those foster kids feel more love, not less. I think we can agree on doctors and nurses who don’t believe in abortion shouldn’t have to perform them. I think we can agree on the fact that contraception should be accessible. And I think we can all come together and say that any woman who has an abortion shouldn’t be jailed or given the death penalty.”

Reporters in turn pressed Jean-Pierre during Monday’s briefing on whether Biden, who is Catholic and said he supports a woman’s right to choose despite being personally opposed to abortion, would sign any “late-term” abortion restrictions into law, as Haley suggested

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“I didn’t watch this town hall, so I can’t really speak to exactly what she said,” Jean-Pierre said of Haley’s comments. “What I can speak to is what the president has said, which is that he will continue to call on Congress to restore Roe v. Wade, and so if you know the particulars of Roe v. Wade, you see where the president stands, so I’ll just leave it there for now.”

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