White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Thursday that the administration understands the "passion" behind the protests carried out by pro-abortion rights activists fearing the reversal of Roe v. Wade after a leaked draft opinion, but she urged participants to keep it "peaceful."
Psaki fielded a number of questions about the topic during Thursday's press briefing, where she also announced she'd be leaving her post on May 13.
"Peaceful protest is not extreme," she told Fox News's Peter Doocy. "I think our view here is that peaceful protest, there's a long history in the United States, in the country, of that, and we certainly encourage people to keep it peaceful and not resort to any level of violence."
Doocy repeatedly pressed Psaki on whether protesters should keep their demonstrations limited to the grounds around the Supreme Court and not "to go into residential neighborhoods in Virginia and Maryland" as some organizers have publicly stated.
He claimed that activists had published a map of the Washington metropolitan area "with the home addresses of the Supreme Court Justices" and asked if that is "the kind of thing this president wants to help your side make their point."
"I think the president's view is that there's a lot of passion, a lot of fear, a lot of sadness from many, many people across this country about what they saw in that leaked document," Psaki responded. "We obviously want people's privacy to be respected. We want people to protest peacefully if they want to protest. That is certainly what the president's view would be."
"I don't have an official U.S. government position on where people protest. I want — we want it, of course, to be peaceful, and certainly, the president would want people's privacy to be respected, but I think we shouldn't lose the point here," she continued. "The reason people are protesting is because women across the country are worried about their fundamental rights that have been law for 50 years — their rights to make choices about their own bodies and their own healthcare are at risk. That's why people are protesting. They're unhappy. They're scared."
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