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Biden says 'cruel' Roe v. Wade decision dangerous to women

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By Trevor Hunnicutt, Nandita Bose and Steve Holland

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -President Joe Biden said the Supreme Court's decision on Friday to overturn the constitutional right to abortion will deny American women control of their own lives and called on voters to protect their rights in upcoming elections.

"It's a sad day for the court and the country," Biden said in a White House speech, calling the decision "cruel" and saying it takes America back 150 years.

The court ruling, issued just after 10 a.m. ET, left the White House scrambling to react, with Biden's speech announced about an hour later.

"We were preparing for this to land next week," a White House source said.

Some White House officials had planned to take the day off or work from home, expecting no news on the issue until the following week, according to a second person familiar with the matter. Next week is likely the court's last week of the current term.

Others had focused their attention on Biden's upcoming G7 trip to Europe.

Biden slammed the "extreme ideology" of the conservative-leaning Supreme Court, which was heavily shaped by his Republican predecessor, Donald Trump, but said there were few things he could do by executive order to protect women's reproductive rights. He called on Congress to pass a law to restore abortion rights, and on voters to elect lawmakers and state leaders who would protect these rights.

Overturning the 1973 landmark Roe vs. Wade decision that protected abortion rights means "the health and life of women in this nation are now at risk," said Biden, a lifelong Catholic. The original ruling "reaffirmed basic principles of equality, that women have the power to control their own destiny."

Biden and other Democrats hope to use outrage over the court decision to rally voters in November's midterm elections. Democrats are at risk of losing control of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

"This fall, Roe is on the ballot. Personal freedoms are on the ballot," Biden said.

The president said his administration would defend a woman's right to cross state lines to seek an abortion and will take steps to make abortion medication widely available.

Biden was opposed to Roe in the early days of his career and only later embraced abortion rights

The Supreme Court's decision to overturn the almost 50-year-old ruling that recognized a woman's constitutional right to an abortion and legalized it nationwide hands a momentous victory to Republicans and religious conservatives who want to limit or ban the procedure, although a majority of Americans disagree.

"State laws banning abortion are automatically taking effect today," Biden said, calling some of them "so extreme that women could be punished for protecting their health" or be "forced to bear their rapists' child."

"It just stuns me," he added.

VICE PRESIDENT IN CHICAGO

After a draft version of the ruling was leaked in May, Vice President Kamala Harris, one of the most prominent abortion rights voices in the Biden administration, leaned into the topic and planned the government's response.

But when the ruling was handed down earlier than the White House expected, she was in Chicago, where she was due to talk about maternal health issues.

Harris changed the topic of her speech, and called the ruling a healthcare crisis. "Millions of women in America will go to bed tonight without access to the health care and reproductive care that they had this morning without access to the same health care or reproductive health care that their mothers and grandmothers had for 50 years," she said.

Over the past several weeks, the White House had been preparing its response and actions it can take in meetings with several stakeholders, including abortion rights activists, privacy and constitutional experts.

Biden was in the Oval Office when the decision was handed down, the White House source said, and revised a draft copy of a speech after conferring with officials including senior adviser Mike Donilon, chief of staff Ron Klain and counselor Steve Ricchetti.

Biden made forceful comments after a leaked draft opinion was revealed in May, but up to that point he had never said the word "abortion" aloud as president.

Attorney General Merrick Garland, who issued a statement before Biden spoke, said the Justice Department will work "tirelessly" to protect and advance reproductive freedom.

Biden says 'cruel' Roe v. Wade decision dangerous to women
 

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Patron Silver
Patron Silver Jun 25, 2022 8:54AM ET
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this will totally backfire on the repubs.
Andrew Ulferts
Andrew Ulferts Jun 25, 2022 8:54AM ET
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No it won’t. It’s exposing all of the evil people that worship murdering babies. Sick in the head.
Co Gonz
Co Gonz Jun 25, 2022 8:54AM ET
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6/ 7 dollar gas.. after people were laid off due to government mandates.. i doubt this.. people can’t live like this for long
Todd Gray
Todd Gray Jun 25, 2022 12:32AM ET
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California salmon roe have more rights than human infants in their egg, of sorts.
Trumpster Rocks
Trumpster Rocks Jun 24, 2022 8:56PM ET
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Lmao, from what we know of him ,he's the only Danger to Women and Children btw...good OleCornPop
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Jun 24, 2022 5:03PM ET
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To all biden haters I suggest you send all your money to trumps ripp of fund for suckers to pay for his rent and loans and his lawyers.
Trumpster Rocks
Trumpster Rocks Jun 24, 2022 5:03PM ET
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Trump earns his money! Joe and Hunter sell out the whitehousefortheir30millionplus!
Co Gonz
Co Gonz Jun 24, 2022 5:03PM ET
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Proof ken?
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Jun 24, 2022 5:00PM ET
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Piss of russian bots we dont need putin fans in here
Trumpster Rocks
Trumpster Rocks Jun 24, 2022 5:00PM ET
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What we need is a President that Scares Putin not a wet noodle brain that even bugs laugh at?
Andrew Ulferts
Andrew Ulferts Jun 24, 2022 5:00PM ET
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Obviously Ken takes in a steady diet of fake news. Parrot
Matthew Petyk
Matthew Petyk Jun 24, 2022 4:55PM ET
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The reality is that it's cruel to be subject to this Administration's incompetence and BIDENS stupidity.
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Jun 24, 2022 4:33PM ET
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Biden laptop story another conspiracy theory like the locked up children in a pizzaria in NY. Where a quanon fan went in with a gun to free the children only to find there was no cellar what a joke
Andrew Ulferts
Andrew Ulferts Jun 24, 2022 4:33PM ET
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Fake news.
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Jun 24, 2022 4:31PM ET
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Inflation is on russia war on ukraine nothing to do we current administration
Shane Weddle
Shane Weddle Jun 24, 2022 4:31PM ET
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This and the other comment you made is ludicrous and demonstrably false. I can show you data that inflation was goong insane before ukraine war. ***i can show tou a wuote from J Powell. The Laptop has been confirmed. ***even your own “fake news” says so now thst the election is over.
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Jun 24, 2022 4:31PM ET
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Shane Weddle not that insane inflation was under control until russia attacked ukraine
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Jun 24, 2022 4:31PM ET
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Shane Weddle I suggest you send some money to qanon fund or trumps ripp off fund for suckers so that he can pay his rent and loans
Tom Woosley
Tom Woosley Jun 24, 2022 4:31PM ET
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You must not watch inflation data. The bulk of inflation occurred prior to the war. Powell even admitted that was true.
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Jun 24, 2022 4:30PM ET
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Inflation is caused by russia war on ukraine, biden laptop a conspiracy story like the NY pizzaria where an idi ot american thougt that democrats kept children the for pleasure. He came with guns to free the children only to find out that the place did not even have a cellar. OMG are we really this stu pid
Paul Driskill
Paul Driskill Jun 24, 2022 4:30PM ET
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Apparently you are!
Co Gonz
Co Gonz Jun 24, 2022 4:30PM ET
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Apparently you haven’t taken an econ course and don’t understand monetary and fiscal policies
Michael Mcdonough
Michael Mcdonough Jun 24, 2022 3:51PM ET
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Yes the Biden Border …Biden Laptop…Biden Inflation also on the ballot come this November
 
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