President Joe Biden promised on Friday that Democrats will legislate abortion rights when 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’re going to codify Roe and make Roe the law of the country again,” Biden said at the headquarters of the country’s largest union, the National Education Association , in Washington, DC
46 days before Election Day in November, at a Democratic National Committee event, Biden urged supporters to consider “what’s on the ballot,” listing issues including abortion, Social Security and gun control.
“The power to get things done is in the hands of the American people, especially the women out there,” Biden said. “I don’t think MAGA Republicans have a clue about the power of American women. Let me tell you something: You’re about to find out.”
Abortion has become a major issue for voters across the country after the Supreme Court overturned the right to abortion enshrined in Roe v. Wade nearly 50 years earlier in June’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision.
According to the New York Times, 13 states have already introduced an absolute abortion ban. Overall, nearly half of states have banned, restricted, or attempted to ban abortion. Some Republicans, like Sen. Lindsey Graham earlier this month, have proposed a national ban on abortions after 15 weeks or within the second trimester of a pregnancy.
However, others, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, have distanced themselves from the idea, arguing that it should be left to states.
Biden said in his speech on Friday that Republicans would try to pass an abortion ban if they gained control of the Legislature after the Midterms.
If they did, the President vowed, “I’ll veto it.”