Here’s what Biden can do to help Americans retain abortion access now that Roe v. Wade is overturned, advocates say
- The Supreme Court ended the federal right to an abortion by overturning Roe v. Wade last week.
- President Joe Biden condemned the decision, calling on Congress to act and citizens to vote.
- Here are the measures abortion advocates have called on Biden to implement since Roe was overturned.
President Joe Biden on Thursday said for the first time that he’s in favor of nixing the Senate filibuster to codify abortion rights into federal law.
“If the filibuster gets in the way, it’s like voting rights … we should require an exception to the filibuster for this action,” Biden said during a NATO press conference this week.
His comments come less than a week after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, gutting federal abortion protections which were in place for nearly 50 years.
As the nation reels from the top court’s ruling, abortion advocates across the political spectrum have called for sweeping measures from President Joe Biden.
Following the Friday decision, Biden said the Court’s decision would “literally take America back 150 years” and that his administration will aggressively defend Americans’ rights to receive abortion pills through the mail or to travel across state lines to receive care.
The president called on Congress to act, despite Democrats’ previous failures to enshrine abortion rights into federal law. He also called on Americans to vote in the midterms in November.
“Let me be very clear and unambiguous: The only way we can secure a women’s right to choose, the balance that existed, is for Congress to restore the protections of Roe v. Wade as federal law,” he said. “No executive action from the president can do that.”
While Biden has said his “administration will use all of its appropriate lawful powers” to help Americans retain access to abortion, lawmakers and advocates have called on the president to implement the following measures since Roe was overturned.
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