WASHINGTON. President Joe Biden has vowed to do whatever it takes to get his administration to protect abortion rights. after the Supreme Court overturned the landmark case Roe v. Wade adopted on Friday and called on voters to elect state and federal officials who would vote to allow the procedure.
Biden spoke from the White House about a ruling that would revoke a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion after nearly 50 years. The decision is expected to result in nearly half of the US states outlawing or severely restricting medical procedures and affecting tens of millions of people.
“I believe Roe v. Wade was right in terms of constitutional law and the application of the fundamental right to privacy and liberty, as well as issues of family and personal autonomy,” Biden said.
“This is a sad day for our country, but that doesn’t mean the fight is over,” he said, urging Americans to elect more supporters to the House and Senate in November’s midterm elections. “We need to restore Rowe’s protection as the law of the land. We need to elect the officials who will do this,” Biden said.
“This is not the end yet,” he added.
In ruling 5-4, the country’s highest court threw Rowe v. Wadethe historic law that established the constitutional right to abortion in the United States in 1973.
U.S. President Joe Biden addresses the nation at the White House in Washington, D.C. June 24, 2022, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to reverse the decision against Roe. Wade.
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The case that led to Rowe’s demise nearly half a century later is known as Dobbs v. USA. The Jackson Women’s Health Organization is associated with a Mississippi law banning almost all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
Dobbs was by far the most significant and contentious dispute of the court’s entire tenure. It also posed the most serious threat to abortion rights since Planned Parenthood v. Casey, in which the Supreme Court confirmed Rowe.
The court ruled 6-3 upholding the Mississippi law.
Early and unprecedented majority draft leak in May shocked the entire country and energized activists on both sides of the debate. It also cast a shadow over the country’s highest court, which immediately launched an investigation to find the source of the leak.
After the leak and the subsequent decision, supporters and opponents of the decision gathered in front of the country’s highest court.
Biden, a lifelong Catholic and the faith’s second president after Democrat John F. Kennedy, criticized Rowe’s decision as a young senator. Almost half a century later, despite contradicting Catholic doctrine, Biden became a champion of abortion rights.
Throughout his presidency, some U.S. bishops have publicly called for Biden to be denied Catholic communion during Mass because of his political stance on abortion.
The President defended the right at several critical moments and did so again on Friday. He said he would use his administration’s power to ensure that no one was denied legal abortion services after the decision.
As protesters denounce the decision across the country, he also urged Americans not to resort to violence.
“I call on everyone, no matter how deeply they care about this decision, to hold all protests peacefully, peacefully, peacefully, peacefully, without intimidation. Violence is never acceptable,” Biden said.