President Biden is looking on Congress to codify protections for abortion in federal legislation, pressuring lawmakers on the fiftieth anniversary of the Supreme Court docket’s Roe v. Wade resolution that was struck down final 12 months.
“In the present day, as a substitute of commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court docket’s resolution in Roe v. Wade, we’re acknowledging that final 12 months, the Supreme Court docket took away a constitutional proper from the American folks,” Biden mentioned in a press release early Sunday.
Ever because the Supreme Court docket, with a majority of conservative justices, struck down the constitutional safety for abortion, Democrats have pushed for legislative motion to guard abortion with federal legislation. However with slim majorities within the final Congress, Democrats had been unable to move such laws. And with Republicans now answerable for the Home, the battle to codify abortion entry on the federal degree is extra steep than earlier than.
However that hasn’t stopped Biden from utilizing the powers of the Oval Workplace to supply additional protections for entry to abortion. He’s anticipated to concern a presidential memorandum that can be certain that medical doctors can prescribe and dispense abortion medicine throughout the U.S.
Vice President Harris is predicted to announce the transfer in a speech in Florida on Sunday afternoon marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Roe v. Wade resolution.
Biden on Sunday additionally took intention at Republicans who’ve labored to additional limit abortion entry within the wake of the Supreme Court docket’s resolution to overturn the constitutional protections. Republicans in legislatures in numerous states have handed legal guidelines to limit or outlaw abortion utterly.
“Republicans in Congress and throughout the nation proceed to push for a nationwide abortion ban, to criminalize medical doctors and nurses, and to make contraception more durable to entry,” the president mentioned. “It’s harmful, excessive, and out of contact.”
The GOP has made addressing abortion one of many important priorities of their new Home majority. Republicans handed a invoice within the Home that may require that every one infants born after an tried abortion obtain medical care, one of many first payments to succeed in the ground within the new session.