President Biden released an official statement Tuesday after a Supreme Court draft opinion was published by Politico. The potential decision would possibly strike-down Roe V Wade and send the issue of abortion back to the states.
“We do not know whether this draft is genuine, or whether it reflects the final decision of the Court,” the president said Tuesday morning. “With that critical caveat, I want to be clear on three points about the cases before the Supreme Court.”
“First, my administration argued strongly before the Court in defense of Roe v. Wade. We said that Roe is based on ‘a long line of precedent recognizing ‘the Fourteenth Amendment’s concept of personal liberty’… against government interference with intensely personal decisions,'” Biden said.
“I believe that a woman’s right to choose is fundamental, Roe has been the law of the land for almost fifty years, and basic fairness and the stability of our law demand that it not be overturned,” Biden added.
“I directed my Gender Policy Council and White House Counsel’s Office to prepare options for an Administration response to the continued attack on abortion and reproductive rights, under a variety of possible outcomes in the cases pending before the Supreme Court,” Biden said. “We will be ready when any ruling is issued.”
“And it will fall on voters to elect pro-choice officials this November,” Biden said. “At the federal level, we will need more pro-choice Senators and a pro-choice majority in the House to adopt legislation that codifies Roe, which I will work to pass and sign into law.”