White House press secretary Jen Psaki masterfully shut down a right-wing reporter’s absurd “gotcha” question about Transgender healthcare.
During a White House press briefing on Tuesday, Owen Jensen, a reporter for the EWTN Global Catholic Network, asked a question relating to the Equality Act, a landmark civil rights legislation that would protect LGBTQ people, women, and the disabled from discrimination.
The bill is vehemently opposed by the religious right who have been busy making wild and outright false assertions about the bill as it relates to “religious freedom” and transgender teenagers.
“There’s pro-life groups, right now, who are very concerned about the phrase ‘pregnancy discrimination’ in the Equality Act — you’re familiar with that, I’m sure — that it would force doctors to perform abortions even if it violates their conscience,” Jensen said. “There are also concerns the bill would force doctors to perform gender transition surgeries and sterilizations, again, even if the violates their conscience.”
“What does the president — President Biden — say about those concerns?” she asked.
The section of the proposed legislation Jensen is referring to prevents employers from firing or refusing to hire or rent to pregnant women. It also requires medical professionals to provide services equally. However, the bill does not require doctors to provide services that they don’t normally provide or have training in.
“The president has been a longtime supporter of Roe v. Wade. It has been his consistent belief that should be law, and he will fight to continue to protect that as being law,” Psaki replied.
“So conscience concerns is not a concern of his?” Owens asked.
“I think, again, I’m just going to state what the president’s policies are,” Psaki said, then added, “Did you have another question?”
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“Will President Biden keep the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division at HHS — the office that was put in place under President Trump — but keep it in place to receive conscience complaints from those doctors?” Jensen asked as his follow-up question.
“You’ll have to talk to a future Secretary Becerra, once he is confirmed,” Psaki responded.
After the House passed the Equality Act, Biden tweeted: “Transgender rights are human rights – and the House made that clear today by passing the Equality Act.”
Transgender rights are human rights — and the House made that clear today by passing the Equality Act.
Now it's time for the Senate to do the same.
— President Biden (@POTUS) February 26, 2021