Biden known as on Congress to loosen up Senate guidelines to codify Roe v. Wade

A person holds a sign that reads “Codify Roe v. Wade” as abortion rights activists protest after the Roe Vs. Proceeded by the Supreme Court of the United States, in Downtown Los Angeles, on June 24, 2022.

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Chairperson Joe Biden on Thursday said he would support suspending the Senate filtering rule to codify the constitutional right to abortion as established by the Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 ruling against Roe v. Wade.

His comments represent important support for suspending a key procedural hurdle that has so far prevented Senate Democrats from passing legislation that would make Roe’s decision into federal law. .

Current Senate rules require the majority party to collect 60 votes to overcome a minority attempt to block the progress of a bill, a procedural action known as a legislative act. report.

And with the Senate split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans, the GOP has so far had the power to block a desired Democratic majority from passing abortion bills.

“I believe we have to make Roe v. Wade into law. And the way to do that is to make sure Congress votes to do it,” Biden told reporters in Spain. “And if the film interferes – like voting rights – we provide an exception to this. We request a film exception for this action.”

Biden’s comments come a week after the nation’s highest court overturned 50 years of legal precedent and reverse the original view that women have constitutional rights abortion. They also mark the first time the president has given public support for changing the filtering rules to pass legislation Roe v. Wade into law.

The court’s controversial ruling last week now gives states the power to decide their own abortion laws without worrying about defying Roe’s will, which allows for two-quarter abortions. early pregnancy.

The president is scheduled to meet state governors on Friday to discuss what they can do until federal Democrats solidify their response. Supporting the convictions of many Democrats, Biden added that the court’s reversal “is a serious, serious problem that the Supreme Court has inflicted on the United States.”

“I will do everything in my power to legally protect abortion and advance Congress and the public,” he said.

Even Biden’s backing doesn’t mean Democrats will be able to pass abortion legislation through the Senate. Moderate Democrats, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona have said they are against the edits to the Senate’s filtering rules.

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