Biden promises to codify abortion rights if Democrats win in Congress

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Biden promises to codify abortion rights if Democrats win in Congress

President Biden has pledged to codify abortion rights if his party retains control of Congress in the midterm elections.

Three weeks before the midterm elections, Joe Biden tried on Tuesday to remobilize Americans around the right to abortion, promising to enshrine it in federal law in January in the event of a Democratic victory in Congress. .

Despite growing dissatisfaction with inflation and the risk of recession undermining his party's chances of such success, the president is banking on the outrage sparked by the Supreme Court's about-face on abortion to fill up the votes left and center.

On June 24, the highest court reversed its Roe v. Wade, who for half a century had guaranteed the right of American women to voluntarily terminate their pregnancies, and gave freedom to each state in matters of abortion.

Remember what you felt that day […] the anger, the concern, the disbelief, launched Joe Biden during a speech in front of the Democratic Party in Washington, calling out the chaos that followed that decision.

In four months, laws banning abortion went into effect in 16 states, he continued, and the elected Republicans in Congress have gone further by promising to adopt such a ban at the federal level if they take control of Congress after the elections of November 8.

But let's be clear: if such a law were to be passed in the coming years, I would veto it, thundered the tenant of the White House.

But the The best way to stop these extremist laws, he says, would be to pass legislation at the federal level to set in stone Roe v. Wade once and for all.

Right now we're missing a few votes, he acknowledged, calling on voters to send more elected Democrats in the Senate and House of Representatives.

If you do, I promise you the first piece of legislation I send to Congress will be to codify Roe, he continued. And as soon as Congress has adopted it, I will sign it, in January, for the 50th anniversary of this judgment.

The Democratic Party currently controls both houses of the US Congress.

A bill to this effect has already been adopted by the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives. The text is slipping in the Senate, where it would need a qualified majority of 60% to pass it due to a procedural mechanism called filibuster< /em>.

Joe Biden has long been loath to change this rule meant to encourage compromise between the two major parties. At the end of June, he said he was ready to make an exception and lift it to guarantee the right of American women to have an abortion.

But two of the 50 Democratic senators do not want to touch to the filibuster. Since the Upper House has 100 elected members, the Democrats would need to win two new seats to change the situation, while maintaining their majority in the Lower House.

The goal seems very ambitious, especially since midterm elections are usually an opportunity to punish the president's party.

But the Democrats were galvanized by a referendum held in early August in the very conservative state of Kansas, where voters rallied en masse to reject a constitutional amendment hostile to the government. abortion.

Polls show, however, that abortion is no longer the priority of Americans.

About 26% cite the& #x27;the economy as the main concern and 18% inflation, far ahead of abortion, at 5%, according to a survey published this week by the Siena Institute with the New York Times< /em>.

Even more worrying for Democrats, independent women voters also seem to have revised their preferences.

In September, Democrats were 14 points ahead of Republicans in this segment of the electorate, they are now 18 points behind.

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