President discusses limits on abortions
WASHINGTON — As Republican-led states continue to ban nearly all abortions, President Joe Biden said Friday that such restrictions are “beyond pallor.”
Biden and Democrats are trying to tap into anger over the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, who legalized abortion nationwide, in this year’s midterm elections.
“You are going to hear women roaring about this issue and it will have consequences,” he said.
Biden made the comments during a White House meeting of state and local officials to discuss ways to expand abortion access and mark Women’s Equality Day.
Biden reiterated his desire for Congress to codify Roe v. Wade in law, but “we’re missing a handful of votes,” he said.
Democrats would need 10 Republican votes to overcome a filibuster and pass a bill through the Senate 50-50, but only two GOP senators have publicly supported abortion rights. Even though they narrowly control the Senate, the Democrats don’t have enough votes to avoid the filibuster.
“The only way it will happen is if the American people get it done in November,” Biden said.
In the meantime, Biden has been looking for ways to protect access to abortion. But his options are limited.
Idaho, Tennessee and Texas are the latest Republican-led states to tighten restrictions. They implemented so-called “trigger laws” that went on the books to dramatically limit abortions if Roe was overturned, which happened in June.
Harris County, Texas Judge Lina Hidalgo called her state’s law a “slap in the face.”
“I think you speak for the majority of the American people,” Biden replied.