President Joe Biden said Friday he will sign legislation restoring women’s reproductive rights to where they were before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade if voters elect two more Democrats to the United States Senate in November.
“If you give me two more senators in the United States Senate, I promise you, I promise you, we will codify Roe and once again make Roe the law of the land,” said Mr. Biden, who was addressing attendees at a Democratic National Committee event at the headquarters of the nation’s largest teachers union, the National Education Association.
Because of Senate rules that effectively require a 60-vote supermajority to move most legislation, bills backed by Democrats to protect a woman’s right to seek an abortion have languished in the upper chamber. But with a 52-vote majority, Democrats could amend Senate rules to allow such legislation to receive an up or down vote on the Senate floor.
With 46 days until voters determine whether Democrats retain control of the House and Senate, Democrats are leaning on reproductive rights as a signature issue of their shutdown campaign.
The focus on abortion — and the promise of codifying the landmark trimester framework Roe v. Wade The case, which the Supreme Court threw out last summer, gave Democrats a boost in the polls that led some to believe they could defy history by keeping one or both houses on Capitol Hill.
Mr. Biden urged the crowd of supporters at NEA headquarters to consider “what’s on the ballot” in November, rattling off a list of three issues: abortion, gun control and Social Security.
“The power to get things done is in the hands of the American people, especially the women out there,” she said. “I don’t think MAGA Republicans have a clue about the power of American women. Let me tell you something: they’re going to find out.”
After the Supreme Court reversed Roe and gave states the ability to force women to carry unwanted pregnancies to term, 13 states have already implemented outright bans on abortion procedures. Nearly half of the states have at least some limits, an outright ban, or have attempted to enact one.
Some Republicans, including South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, have pushed for a nationwide abortion ban, though Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has suggested the abortion issue should remain a matter of state law.