Jen Psaki refuses to clarify if stimulus bill could fund abortions

by Jordyn Pair · Feb 17th, 2021 9:13 am

Last Updated Feb 18th, 2021 at 10:27 am

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki refused to say on Tuesday whether funds from the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill would be used to fund abortion centers.

Part of the package mandates a $50 million funding increase for the Title X program, $750 million for global health activities, and billions in funding for community health centers without applying the Hyde Amendment, which bars the use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortions.

When asked if she could guarantee that taxpayer dollars would not be used to pay for abortions through funding from the stimulus bill, Psaki dodged the question.

"Well, the president's view on the Hyde Amendment is well known as you have stated in your question," said Psaki. "He also believes that community health centers are a key part of addressing the pandemic, of ensuring that people in communities have access to vaccines, have access to treatment and information about making sure they're healthy and their loved ones are healthy."

When pressed, Psaki again avoided the question.

"Three quarters of the public supports the components of the package, wants to see the pandemic get under control, wants to people put back to work, vaccines in arms. So I think that answers your question," Psaki said.


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