December 6, 2022

Biden reacts forcefully to leaked draft opinion showing Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights in US: ‘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’

President Joe Biden walks to the Oval Office Dining Room with Biden family dog Commander, Friday, March 4, 2022. . (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)
President Joe Biden walks to the Oval Office Dining Room with Biden family dog Commander, Friday, March 4, 2022. . (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. reacted forcefully on Tuesday to a leaked draft opinion showing that the Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights in the United States.

“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,” President Biden wrote in a statement, after noting that he did not know “whether this draft is genuine, or whether it reflects the final decision of the Court.”

He wrote, “With that critical caveat, I want to be clear on three points about the cases before the Supreme Court. 
 
“First, my administration argued strongly before the Court in defense of Roe v. Wade. We said that Roe is based on “a long line of precedent recognizing ‘the Fourteenth Amendment’s concept of personal liberty’… against government interference with intensely personal decisions.” I believe that a woman’s right to choose is fundamental, Roe has been the law of the land for almost fifty years, and basic fairness and the stability of our law demand that it not be overturned.
 
“Second, shortly after the enactment of Texas law SB 8 and other laws restricting women’s reproductive rights, I directed my Gender Policy Council and White House Counsel’s Office to prepare options for an Administration response to the continued attack on abortion and reproductive rights, under a variety of possible outcomes in the cases pending before the Supreme Court. We will be ready when any ruling is issued.
 
“Third, 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.  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.”
 

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