GOP hopefuls including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley have falsely suggested Democrats support abortion rights until the moment of birth.
It’s not “just some throwaway line for applause on the debate stage,” said Psaki, a former Biden White House press secretary. “This is a talking point Republican presidential candidates use repeatedly on the trail.”
But it’s “entirely misleading,” she pointed out. “Abortions past the point of fetal viability” are “incredibly rare” and “involve agonizing, emotional, and ethical decisions,” she added.
Psaki cited Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data that shows 90% of abortions take place in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
“No one is running on the platform of aborting viable babies. No one is selling late-term abortions as Ron DeSantis claims. No one,” she added. “Not Joe Biden. Not Kamala Harris. Not Hillary Clinton. Not Nancy Pelosi or any other politician demonized by the right wing roots for more late-term abortions. None of them do.”
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— Inside with Jen Psaki (@InsideWithPsaki) August 27, 2023