Biden promises to codify Roe if two more Democrats are elected to the Senate

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U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks at a Democratic National Committee event at the National Education Association headquarters in Washington, U.S., September 23, 2022. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

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President Joe Biden promised that Democrats will codify abortion rights into law if two more are elected to the US Senate in the upcoming midterm elections.

“If you give me two more senators in the United States Senate, I promise you, I promise you, we will codify Roe and make Roe the law of the land again,” Biden said at the headquarters of the nation’s largest. union, the National Education Association, in Washington, DC

With 46 days until November’s election day, Biden urged supporters at a Democratic National Committee event to consider “what’s on the ballot,” listing issues including abortion, Social Security and gun control.

“The power to get things done is in the hands of the American people, especially the women out there,” Biden said. “I don’t think the MAGA Republicans have a clue about the power of American women. Let me tell you something: they’re figuring it out.”

Abortion has become a major issue for voters across the country after the Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision in June overturned a woman’s right to an abortion enshrined nearly fifty years earlier in Roe v. Wade.

Thirteen states have already implemented a complete ban on abortions, according to data compiled by The New York Times. In total, nearly half of the states have banned, restricted, or attempted to ban abortion. Some Republicans, like Senator Lindsey Graham earlier this monthhas proposed a national ban on abortions after 15 weeks or within the second trimester of a pregnancy.

However, others, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, have distanced themselves from the idea, arguing that it should be left to the states.

Biden said in his speech on Friday that Republicans would try to pass an abortion ban if they gained control of the legislature after the midterms.

If they did, the president promised, “I will veto it.”

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