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Psaki: ‘If Governor Abbott Has a Means of Eliminating All Rapists or Rape’ from the U.S., ‘There’ll Be Bipartisan Support for That’
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during the daily briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC on June 7, 2021.(Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday defended his state’s abortion ban, saying that the new law doesn’t force rape or incest victims to carry their babies to term, because they have up to six weeks to get an abortion.

Abbott said that “rape is a crime and Texas will work tirelessly that we eliminate all rapists from the streets of Texas by aggressively going out and arresting them and prosecuting them and getting them off the streets.” 

When asked to respond to Abbott’s remarks, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that if the governor has a way to eliminate “all rapists or rape from the United States” there will be bipartisan support for that.

“A couple questions on Texas. The governor there was asked about the lack of an exception for rape or incest in the abortion law., and I don’t know if you heard those comments, but he said — his answer to that question was that ‘Texas will work tirelessly to make sure that we eliminate…rapists off the street.’ I’m just wondering if the White House has a response to that,” a reporter asked.

“Well, if Governor Abbott has a means of eliminating all rapists or all rape from the United States, then there’ll be bipartisan support for that, but given there has never in the history of the country, in the world, been any leader who’s ever been able to eliminate rape, eliminate rapists from our streets, it’s even more imperative — it’s one of the many reasons, I should say, not the only reason — why women in Texas should have access to healthcare,” Psaki said.
 
“So, it does not change our objectives. It does not change our commitment. The Department of Justice — the attorney general announced a step on Monday. Our Department of Justice is continuing to look at legal options,” the press secretary said.

“Our Department of Health and Human Services is also continuing to look at all options, and the president has made clear that it’s a priority to do everything we can to ensure women in Texas have access to healthcare,” she said.
 
“And I want to push a little bit on that front. Just looking at options, you know, for women who are in Texas right now who might be in need of having an abortion, who perhaps are looking at this White House for a Hail Mary intervention —the clock is ticking for them,” a reporter said.

“The clock is literally ticking for them today. So, in terms of their decision making, can this administration offer any help to them now? What would you tell these women who are looking to this White House to help them? Is help on the way?” the reporter asked.
 
“Well, we would tell them first that this law is a violation of your rights, and we are going to do everything we can to provide assistance as quickly as we can. One of the reasons why the Department of Health and Human Services is a key component here is obviously because they oversee the nation’s healthcare systems, but they are going to look for ways to make sure we are providing access to healthcare to women in Texas,” Psaki said.
 
“I noted that the Department of Justice announced a step that they were taking on Monday. Clearly, this law is — or this bill that was signed into law is something we strongly oppose, and there’s an urgency to looking for and announcing actions to help women now, and certainly, we understand that women are looking at their choices right now — today, tomorrow, last week — and we are hopeful we will have more to convey to them directly,” she said.

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