This is full contextyesterday from White House press secretary Karin Jean-Pierre:
Q: But specifically about restricting those freedoms — I guess my question is: The Supreme Court created this space for the anti-abortion movement at the state level and may try to restrict that freedom at the federal level as well. Where do they fit into all of them? After making that decision, how will the president describe them? Are they just extremists, or, you know, they’re part of a semi-fascist—
Multiple Sclerosis. Jean-Pierre: Look, what I’m saying is: we continue to — continue to see attacks on people’s fundamental rights — right? – Americans who enacted new abortion laws nationwide.
When you have National Republicans — they’re their leaders — their party; who sits in the office; they say they want to take those rights away, even in incest, just in case — not — and in the case of rape; and depriving women of the right to make decisions about their own bodies — that’s extreme.
And — and, you know, the president would call for that. He will continue to do everything in his power to ensure that we protect people’s freedoms. He’ll do everything he can to get this out of the way. And, you know, it’s important. This is important.
And, again, we see that most Americans disagree. So when you’re not where most Americans are, you know, that’s extreme. This is an extreme way of thinking.
I won’t – that’s what I give you, Phil.
I should point out that banning abortion even in cases of rape or incest is indeed a minority view, although results range from 35% (“Please tell me if you are for or against allowing rape or incest at any time during pregnancy” ) to 14%-16% (“Illegal” in “Do you think abortion was caused by rape or incest?”, “Illegal” in “How”) when a pregnancy was caused by rape or incest of? Do you think abortion should be legal or illegal in that situation? ”) and “Deprives women of the right to make decisions about their bodies” more generally, I think this roughly fits with “Abortion should be illegal most of the time” or “Always illegal” seems to be somewhere between 32% and 46% vote between, depending on the wording of the question.
Likewise, allowing on-demand abortions, including in the third trimester, is supported by only 20% of the public (up from 13% four years ago), and allowing it in the second trimester (essentially Roe v Wade rules) received only 36 percent of public support (up from 28 percent four years ago). Saying that some versions of these views are extreme, either because they are really only supported by a small minority, or because they are logically extreme (eg, “always illegal” or “always legal”) Probably a descriptive defense, although I’m not sure that’s what the president’s representative should say.
But what she said in particular:
We see that most Americans disagree. So when you’re not where most Americans are, you know, that’s extreme.
It makes me find it difficult to defend.