Biden Says He Will Work to Enact a Law That Codifies a Right to Abortion

By Susan Jones | May 3, 2022 | 10:09am EDT
Pope Francis meets U.S. President Joe Biden and First lady Jill Biden during an audience at the Apostolic Palace on October 29, 2021 in Vatican City. (Photo by Vatican Media via Vatican Pool/Getty Images)
Pope Francis meets U.S. President Joe Biden and First lady Jill Biden during an audience at the Apostolic Palace on October 29, 2021 in Vatican City. (Photo by Vatican Media via Vatican Pool/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - President Joe Biden said the apparent leak to Politico of a majority Supreme Court draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade means "we will need more pro-choice Senators and a pro-choice majority in the House to adopt legislation that codifies Roe, which I will work to pass and sign into law."

Biden's statement was posted on the White House website on Tuesday morning, the day after Politico reported the unprecedented leak of a draft opinion the court has not yet issued.

"We do not know whether this draft is genuine, or whether it reflects the final decision of the Court," Biden said. "With that critical caveat, I want to be clear on three points about the cases before the Supreme Court," the statement continued:

"First, my administration argued strongly before the Court in defense of Roe v. Wade. We said that Roe is based on “a long line of precedent recognizing ‘the Fourteenth Amendment’s concept of personal liberty’… against government interference with intensely personal decisions.” I believe that a woman’s right to choose is fundamental, Roe has been the law of the land for almost fifty years, and basic fairness and the stability of our law demand that it not be overturned.

"Second, shortly after the enactment of Texas law SB 8 and other laws restricting women’s reproductive rights, I directed my Gender Policy Council and White House Counsel’s Office to prepare options for an Administration response to the continued attack on abortion and reproductive rights, under a variety of possible outcomes in the cases pending before the Supreme Court. We will be ready when any ruling is issued.

"Third, if the Court does overturn Roe, it will fall on our nation’s elected officials at all levels of government to protect a woman’s right to choose. And it will fall on voters to elect pro-choice officials this November.  At the federal level, we will need more pro-choice Senators and a pro-choice majority in the House to adopt legislation that codifies Roe, which I will work to pass and sign into law."

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