President Joe Biden told reporters Tuesday that the leaked Supreme Court opinion on overturning Roe v. Wade could pave the way for decisions undermining various other policies, including same-sex marriage.
Earlier in the day, Biden vowed to oppose the ruling whenever it is handed down, called for voters to elect “pro-choice” lawmakers, and asked Congress to pass legislation codifying Roe, the 1973 decision legalizing abortion nationwide.
“It concerns me a great deal that we’re going to, after 50 years, decide that a woman doesn’t have the right to choose,” Biden told reporters on his way to a visit to the Lockheed Martin facility in Troy, Alabama. “If this decision holds, it’s really quite a radical decision.”
“It concerns me a great deal that we’re gonna, after 50 years, decide a woman does not have a right to choose.”
“The idea that we’re going to make a judgment that is going to say that no one can make the judgment to choose to abort a child, based on a decision by the Supreme Court, I think goes way overboard,” he continued before suggesting the Supreme Court could offer a similar ruling on other “privacy” related cases, including “who you marry.”
“There are so many fundamental rights that are affected by that, and I’m not prepared to leave that to the whims of the public at the moment,” the president said.
Biden, a Catholic, has said he is personally anti-abortion but respects a woman’s right to have the procedure, and his comments marked the first time he has said the word “abortion” since being sworn in as president.
“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,” Biden said in his first statement of the day. “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.”
Other top Democrats have issued similar scathing rebukes of the leaked draft.
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Source: Washington Examiner