White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki ignored a question Wednesday about how abortions disproportionately harm black babies and mothers while discussing a plan that would restore millions of tax dollars to the abortion industry.
The question came from EWTN White House correspondent Owen Jensen regarding the Title X family planning program, the Catholic News Agency reports.
On Wednesday, the Biden administration issued a new rule that will force taxpayers to fund the abortion industry through Title X. The rule will end a pro-life regulation that President Donald Trump put in place to ensure Title X funds are not used to subsidize the killing of unborn babies in abortions.
Responding to a question from Jensen, Psaki said Biden believes that reversing Trump’s pro-life rule will help black people.
Biden “believes that advancing equity for all, including people of color and others who have been historically under-served, marginalized and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality can be helped by these actions,” she said, according to a transcript from the Catholic News Agency.
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Jensen questioned Psaki on this, noting the disproportionately high abortion rates in minority communities.
“You talk about equity. If I may interrupt, how is equity, how is it fighting systemic racism when abortion, we well know, disproportionately affects minority children?” he asked.
Psaki dodged the question, arguing that the Title X program does not fund abortions.
“Again, funding cannot be used from this for abortion, but access to health care,” she said. “Access to health care in communities that have been marginalized, under-served, adversely affected by persistent poverty is always going to be something the president fights for.”
Title X provides family planning services to low-income individuals. Under the law, funds are not supposed to be used for abortions or groups “where abortion is a method of family planning.” But Planned Parenthood and other groups do provide abortions as a method of family planning, and, because of Biden, they will be eligible for Title X funding again.
Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion group, received about $60 million annually through the program prior to Trump’s rule, and its leaders said they will re-enter the program once Biden’s rule goes into effect.
The rule must go through a 30-day comment period and final review before it can be enforced.
Last week, Biden also proposed a $340 million (18.7 percent) funding increase for the Title X program in his federal budget.
Though abortions hurt families of every race and culture, statistics indicate that abortions disproportionately hurt the African American community. Census data indicates that African Americans make up about 13 percent of the U.S. population, but they have nearly 40 percent of all abortions. The Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion research group, also found that the abortion rate among black women is almost five times higher than it is among white women.
For many years, New York City health statistics showed that more African American babies were aborted in the city than were born. And a recent study by Life Issues Institute found that 86 percent of Planned Parenthood’s abortion facilities are located in or near African American and Latino neighborhoods.
Planned Parenthood is a billion-dollar abortion chain that reported 354,871 abortions last year.