White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield.
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- Protesters demanded Biden declare a national public health emergency with the repeal of Roe v. Wade.
- Exiting White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield said protesters were ‘out of step.’
- Biden signed an executive order Friday directed at aiding abortion and contraception access.
Departing White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield told The Washington Post a group of pro-choice activists were “out of step.”
Her remarks sparked criticism from social media users and activists who don’t believe the administration has done enough to protect abortion care, The Daily Beast reported.
Women’s March protesters used demonstration Saturday to demand more from the Biden administration amid the repeal of Roe v. Wade. Though Biden signed an executive order on Friday hoping to salvage some abortion and contraception access, the demonstrators believe Biden should also declare a national public health emergency.
“Joe Biden’s goal in responding to Dobbs is not to satisfy some activists who have been consistently out of step with the mainstream of the Democratic Party,” Bedingfield told The Post Saturday.
“It’s to deliver help to women who are in danger and assemble a broad-based coalition to defend a woman’s right to choose now, just as he assembled such a coalition to win during the 2020 campaign,” she continued.
Bedingfield’s departure from the White House — first reported by The Wall Street Journal — comes after Jen Psaki’s May exit as press secretary, but a changing administration is not uncommon throughout a presidency, CBS News reported.
The White House said in an online statement that Bedingfield — known by campaign aides as “Captain of the ‘Team of Killers,'” per the Journal — was stepping down to spend more time with her husband and children.
The White House did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.