President Joe Biden said that women across the country have lost their abortion “rights,” and said that women “starting in my house” lost “the fundamental right” to terminate a pregnancy.
Biden began by talking about the November midterms, calling them the “most consequential election in our history, in recent history at least.”
“Elections where the choice and the stakes are crystal clear, especially when it comes to the right to choose,” said Biden. “And on January 22nd, 1973 — I hate to admit this, but I was a freshman — a 30-year-old freshman United States senator, and the Supreme Court issued its opinion on Roe v. Wade, establishing a fundamental constitutional right to choose. Nearly 50 years later, on June 24th of this year, the Court issued the Dobbs decision. A woman — and all — all across the country, starting in my house, lost the fundamental right.”
Biden: “Women all across the country, starting in my house, lost a fundamental right.”
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“I want to remind us all how we felt that day when 50 years of constitutional precedent was overturned — The anger, the worry, the disbelief, the unbelievable fact that for the first time in our history, the Supreme Court didn’t just fail to preserve a constitutional freedom, it actually took away the right that was so fundamental to Americans. It took away a right. And the fear that now that most personal decisions may not only be made by the woman and her doctor, but by politicians to make that decision,” the president continued.
“The Dobbs decision — the Court practically dares women to go ahead and lead and be heard. One of the most extraordinary parts of that decision, in my view, was when the majority wrote, quote, “Women are not without electoral…” “Are not… — excuse me — ‘…are not without electoral or political power,'” he said, “Let me tell you something,” Biden said before laughing, “— the Court and the extreme Republicans who have spent decades trying to overturn Roe are about to find out. ”
Biden’s comments came on the 100-day anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe. Biden said that he hopes to sign a bill that would codify Roe v Wade by the 50th anniversary of Roe v Wade, on January 22, 1973.