In Wednesday’s White House press conference, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called out the Supreme Court’s June overturning of Roe v Wade as "unconstitutional," and declared that an executive order signed by President Biden shortly after would not violate the Hyde amendment.
"From day one, when the Supreme Court made this extreme decision to take away a constitutional right, it was an unconstitutional action by them, a right that was around for almost 50 years, a right that women had to make a decision on their bodies and how they want to start their families…" Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Wednesday.
In a separate question, one reporter pressed Jean-Pierre on how using Medicaid to fund travel expenses to obtain an abortion would not violate the Hyde amendment.
"On the proposal to have Medicaid fund travel expenses for women seeking abortion, how would that not violate Hyde if it's using taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions?" the reporter asked.