US President Joe Biden said Sunday that the fight for abortion rights is “not over,” 50 years after a landmark Supreme Court ruling guaranteed the right, before the court recused itself in June. Change it. “Today should have been the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade,” the Democratic president said on Twitter, referring to the original decision.
“Instead, MAGA Republican officials” — supporters of former President Donald Trump, with their Make America Great Again slogan — “are fighting against women’s right to make their own health care decisions.” are.”
Biden added: “I have not stopped fighting to protect women’s reproductive rights — and I never will.”
However, its powers to affect abortion rights are relatively limited, with the fight now taking place mostly at the state level.
The surprise Supreme Court reversal came in June when three Trump-appointed justices gave conservatives a majority on the high court.
Since then, nearly 20 Republican-led US states have passed laws banning or severely restricting abortion rights.
In a series of tweets on Sunday, Biden said “a woman’s right to choose is non-negotiable,” and called on Congress to pass legislation to codify abortion rights in the Roe case. Do it.
But now that Republicans control the House of Representatives, the lower house of Congress, such legislation has virtually no chance of success.
Since June, Biden has had to settle for issuing relatively limited orders, such as authorizing Veterans Administration hospitals to provide abortion services.
Vice President Kamala Harris is expected to announce some new policy changes Sunday to mark Roe’s 50th anniversary.
The White House, for example, wants to protect access to mifepristone-based pills, which can be used to terminate pregnancies in the early weeks.