Biden pledges to codify Roe if the Democrats clinch the majority

President Joe Biden is expected to announce today his commitment to enshrining the Roe v. Wade ruling into law should the Democrats retain their control of the House and expand their majority in the Senate in the upcoming midterm elections.

So far, abortion is consistently polling among voters as the second priority in the midterms, just behind inflation. In response, the Democratic party has been increasing its focus on abortion rights as a key platform, even as the party has traditionally shied away from outright support for abortion, preferring to pledge instead to protect “a woman’s choice.” The Supreme Court ruling last summer in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which proclaimed abortion as a right protected by the Constitution. The new ruling has drastically curbed abortion access in the United States.

As a reminder: Democrats only have the majority in the Senate because of the efforts of Black voters, particularly Black women, who organized and came out in droves to the polls in early 2021 to support Rev. Raphael Warnock, who ran to replace the seat vacated by former Sen. Johnny Isakson in a special election. Black women, too, are disproportionately affected by abortion bans. It is crucial to recognize who is working toward justice and progress and who is suffering under the disparities in this country.

As the New York Times reports, the president is expected to make this announcement at a Democratic National Committee event this afternoon at the Howard Theater in Washington, D.C.

Earlier this month, President Biden unveiled further plans to protect reproductive health care, including $6 million in Health and Human Services grants to be distributed among family planning clinics and a message via the Department of Education to emphasize that pregnancy is a protected class and universities cannot discriminate against students in that condition.

At this time, most abortions are banned in at least 14 states. Many other states find themselves in legal limbo. According to the Guttmacher Institute, at least 66 clinics across 15 states have been forced to stop providing abortion care since the Dobbs ruling.

Becca Andrews

Becca Andrews | bandrews@reckonmedia.com

Becca Andrews is a reporter at Reckon News and the author of "No Choice: The Destruction of Roe v. Wade and the Fight to Protect a Fundamental American Right."

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