President Joe Biden offered a succinct one-word response on Thursday to a reporter’s question about the annual March for Life event in Washington, D.C.
A reporter inquired about Biden’s message to pro-lifers attending the event.
“Tomorrow is the March for Life in Washington, D.C.,” the reporter said.
“I know that,” President Biden replied.
When pressed further for his message to those attending, Biden simply responded, “March.”
Biden’s presidency has been marked by a firm stance against the pro-life movement. He has notably condemned the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in June 2022. Roe v. Wade had previously established a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion up to the point of viability, around 22 to 24 weeks of gestation. The overturning of this decision in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization returned the regulation of abortion to individual states.
The president has repeatedly expressed his commitment to codifying Roe v. Wade into law. He promised that if Democrats won the House in the 2022 midterm elections, the codification would be the first piece of legislation sent through Congress.
Biden also pledged to veto any federal abortion restrictions should they reach his desk. Additionally, he signed an executive order directing the secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra to consider funding Medicaid for women traveling across state lines to obtain an abortion.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has consistently declined to specify at what point the administration believes abortion should be restricted or banned.
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