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Biden promises to codify Roe if two more Democrats are elected to the Senate

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks during a Democratic National Committee event at the headquarters of the National Education Association in Washington, U.S., September 23, 2022. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

Evelyn Hockstein | Reuters

President Joe Biden has promised Democrats will codify abortion rights into law if two more are elected to the US Senate in the upcoming midterm elections.

“If you give me two more senators in the United States Senate, I promise you, I promise you, we’ll codify Roe and make Roe the law of the land again,” Biden said at the nation’s largest headquarters. union, the National Education Association, in Washington, DC

With 46 days to go until November’s Election Day, Biden urged supporters at a Democratic National Committee event to consider “what’s on the ballot,” listing issues including abortion, security social and gun control.

“The power to get things done is in the hands of the American people, especially women,” Biden said. “I don’t think MAGA Republicans have a clue about the power of American women. Let me tell you something: they’re about to find out.”

Abortion became a major issue for voters across the country after the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization in June struck down the right of women to have an abortion enshrined nearly fifty years earlier in Roe v. Wade.

Thirteen states have already implemented a total ban on abortion, according to data collected by The New York Times. In total, nearly half of the states have banned, restricted or attempted to ban abortion. Some Republicans, like Senator Lindsey Graham earlier this month, have proposed a nationwide ban on abortions after 15 weeks or in the second trimester of a pregnancy.

Others, however, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, backed away from the idea, arguing it should be left to the states.

Biden, in his Friday speech, said Republicans would try to ban abortion if they took control of the legislature after the midterms.

If they did, the president swore, “I will veto it.


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