Biden on Whether There Should Be Any Restrictions on Abortion: ‘Yes, There Should Be … in Roe v. Wade’

Melanie Arter | October 20, 2022 | 4:46pm EDT
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 President Joe Biden speaks to the press while walking to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House October 20, 2022, in Washington, DC. - Biden is travelling to Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
President Joe Biden speaks to the press while walking to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House October 20, 2022, in Washington, DC. - Biden is travelling to Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – When asked Thursday whether there should be any restrictions on abortion, President Biden said, “Yes, there should be,” and he pointed to the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion – Roe v. Wade.

Speaking to reporters prior to flying to Pittsburgh to deliver remarks on infrastructure, a reporter asked, “Should there be restrictions on abortion at all?  Any restrictions on abortion at all?”


“Yes. Yes, there should be,” Biden said.

“What should they be?” the reporter asked.

“In Roe v. Wade. Read it, man. You’ll get educated,” the president said.

Biden failed to clarify his remarks. He pledged on Tuesday that the first piece of legislation he will send to Capitol Hill next year is a bill to codify Roe v. Wade as “the law of the land.”

However, when asked Tuesday if there are any abortion restrictions that the president would support, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that Biden “believes in the provisions that Roe had, and that’s where he stands. I would suggest you reading it so you get a sense of what the president stands and what he wants to see.”

REPORTER: The president promised to send a bill to Congress to codify Roe earlier today. I’ve got two basic questions about that. Number one, would that bill simply codify Roe? Or would it go farther and overturn individual state abortion restrictions? And then, number two, are there any abortion restrictions at all that the president would support?

JEAN-PIERRE:  What the president is going to do and wants to do and believes in doing is codifying Roe. He believes that is what — it was the — the law of the land, a constitutional right for almost 50 years, and it’s — he believes in — its specific provisions was rightly decided. He has said this regularly, including right after Dobbs, and that has not changed.

REPORTER: Right, but that’s — that didn’t answer either question. There’s — first of all, there are individual state restrictions on abortion in the — on the books currently around the country.  Some of those existed before the Dobbs case, before the overturn of Roe. Would the president, with this bill to codify Roe, does he want that bill to go farther —

JEAN-PIERRE:  I just — I just answered that question.

REPORTER:  — and overturn the individual restrictions?

JEAN-PIERRE:  He believes — he believes — I just answered that question.  He believes in Roe and how — and how it stood before the Dobbs decision.

REPORTER: Okay, and then, on the individual restric- — or, are there any restrictions whatsoever that the president would support when it comes to abortion?

JEAN-PIERRE:  He — again, he believes in the provisions that Roe had, and that’s where he stands.  I would suggest you reading it so you get a sense of what the president stands and what he wants to see.

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