Biden Fights Back Against Red States

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Biden is not happy.

In a meeting with Democratic governors on Friday (July 1), President Joe Biden had a stern warning about what would happen regarding abortion rights across the country if Republicans take control of Congress, saying the GOP would “try to ban abortions nationwide.”

Biden stressed that voters should elect lawmakers that would codify Roe V. Wade, following the Supreme Court’s ruling overturning the precedent.

At the virtual meeting with governors from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Washington, Biden said he was working with governors to “protect women’s rights after this tragic reversal of Roe v. Wade.”

After calling the Supreme Court’s ruling a “terrible, extreme decision,” Biden expressed that he “shared the public outrage” before reiterating, “this is not over.”

Biden went on to outline that his administration would work to protect women crossing state lines to get an abortion in states where abortion is legal, adding that his administration would also ensure that women would still have access to medication in states where abortion is banned.

Biden made these remarks a day after he called for a carve-out to the filibuster that would allow abortion rights legislation to be passed with only 50 votes and Vice President Kamala Harris’s vote serving as the tie-breaker.

However, he conceded on Friday during the virtual meeting that changing the filibuster wouldn’t be possible as the idea didn’t have the support of every Democratic Senator.

It became apparent Biden’s recommendation wouldn’t feasible after two Democratic lawmakers — Senators Kyrsten Sinema (Arizona)and Joe Manchin (West Virginia) — had reiterated their views on the filibuster after Biden suggested the carve-out on Thursday, saying they wouldn’t support it.