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Biden vows to codify Roe if Democrats win midterms: You gotta vote

Biden vows to codify Roe if Democrats win midterms: You gotta vote


Biden vows to codify Roe if Democrats win midterms: You gotta vote

With Democrats' congressional majorities at risk this November, Joe Biden vowed on Tuesday that the first bill he sent to Capitol Hill next year would codify Roe v Wade - if Americans return his party to power with wide enough margins to pass abortion protections.

It's a major lift for Democrats, who face a challenging political environment marked by a rocky economy and decades-high inflation. But the loss of abortions rights has sparked a political backlash, motivating Democratic voters and women more broadly who have registered to vote in significant numbers since the supreme court's decision to overturn Roe in Dobbs v Jackson.

"I'm asking the American people to remember how you felt that day the extreme Dobbs decision came down and Roe was overturned after 50 years," Biden said during remarks at an event hosted by the Democratic National Committee at the Howard Theater in Washington. "The anger, the worry, the disbelief."

"If you care about the right to choose," he added, "then you gotta vote".

Standing in front of a banner that read "Restore Roe", the president cast the election as a choice between Republicans who would seek to impose a nationwide ban on abortion and Democrats who have vowed to protect reproductive rights.

"If Republicans get their way with a national ban it won't matter where you live in America," Biden said, vowing to veto such a bill if it reached his desk.

All or most abortions are banned in at least 14 US states, with several more engaged in legal battles to restrict access. The White House estimates that 26.5 million women of reproductive age live in states with bans or severe restrictions.

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