Could this be true?
President Joe Biden admitted that Congress still wields the most power over national abortion access after signing an executive on Friday (July 8) that would preserve some access to abortion services. Biden also pleaded with Americans to vote if they wanted to “change the circumstance” for women and girls.
After signing the executive order, Biden made a statement imploring people: “If you want to change the circumstance for women, and even little girls in this country, please go out and vote.”
The executive order is a pared-down version of the administration’s previously announced efforts, with its primary focus being to provide emergency medical care for women seeking abortions in states where it is banned.
The move comes after Biden faced immense pressure from Democrats and abortion rights activists who believed the administration had not acted with enough force appropriate to the scope of the Roe v. Wade ruling.
Despite his attempts to appease those who’ve scrutinized his lack of action, Biden made it a point to emphasize that voting in the midterm elections would be the quickest way to reinstate federal protection of abortion access.
“Let me be clear. While I wish it had not come to this, this is the fastest route available,” Biden stated, adding, “The fastest way to restore Roe is to pass a national law codifying Roe, which I will sign immediately upon its passage on my desk.”
The President’s statements come as he faces criticism for failing to create a concrete plan to codify Roe sooner, with his critics pointing out the draft opinion leak happening in the first few days of May, giving the administration over a month to work on a solution.
But the President’s plans to revitalize the Democratic base are rooted in the make-up of the Senate, where Democratic Senators don’t have enough votes to change the filibuster, a move that will allow them to pass abortion rights legislation with a simple majority.