White House Won't Say Whether Biden Agrees with Stacey Abrams That Abortion Is a Way to Mitigate Effects of Inflation

Melanie Arter | October 20, 2022 | 12:30pm EDT
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 Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams speaks to supporters and members of the Rabun County Democrats group on July 28, 2022 in Clayton, Georgia. Abrams is running against current Georgia Governor Brian Kemp the election is to be held on November 8, 2022. (Photo by Megan Varner/Getty Images)
Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams speaks to supporters and members of the Rabun County Democrats group on July 28, 2022 in Clayton, Georgia. (Photo by Megan Varner/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams stirred controversy with her remarks Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” suggesting that getting an abortion could mitigate the effects of inflation, saying that having children is why people are worried about the price of gas and groceries.

Asked Wednesday whether President Biden agreed with Abrams, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre refused to comment.


“In Georgia, the president’s endorsed candidate for governor, Stacey Abrams, is suggesting that one way to mitigate the effects of inflation is to get an abortion. Does President Biden agree?” Fox News White House Correspondent Peter Doocy asked.

“I did not see her comments on this, so I don’t know the context of this. Again, I want to be careful because this is a political debate, and it — it’s related to a midterm, an election.  So I — this is — I’m not going to comment on that,” Jean-Pierre said.

As CNSNews.com previously reported, MSNBC’s Mike Barnicle said Wednesday, “While abortion is an issue, it nowhere reaches the level of interest in voters, in terms of the cost of gas, food, bread, milk, things like that. 

“What could a governor, what could you do as governor, to alleviate the concerns of Georgia voters about those livability, daily, hourly issues that they’re confronted with?” he said.

“Let’s be clear: having children is why you’re worried about your price for gas. It’s why you’re concerned about how much food costs. For women, this is not a reductive issue,” Abrams said.

"You can’t divorce being forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy from the economy realities of having a child,” she said.

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