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President Biden on Friday urged Congress to restore the protections of Roe v. Wade by codifying abortion rights into federal law after the Supreme Court Friday overturned the landmark decision, while urging protesters to remain peaceful and saying “violence is never acceptable.”The president, from the White House Friday, slammed the high court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, which protected “a woman’s right to choose” and “her right to make intensely personal decisions with her doctor, free from interference of politics.” SUPREME COURT OVERTURNS ROE V. WADE IN LANDMARK OPINION: LIVE UPDATESBiden said Roe v. Wade “reaffirmed basic principles of equality that women have the power to control their own destiny, and to reinforce the fundamental right of privacy.” The president also said Roe v. Wade “was a correct decision” on a “complex matter through a careful balance between a woman’s right to choose.” “Let me be very clear and unambiguous: the only way we can secure a woman’s right to choose—the balance that existed—is for Congress to restore the protections of Roe v. Wade as federal law,” Biden said. “No executive action from the president can do that.”SUPREME COURT OVERTURNS ROE V. WADE IN LANDMARK OPINIONThe president said voters “need to make their voices heard” in November’s midterm elections, saying they “must elect more senators, representatives who will codify a woman’s right to choose in the federal law once again.”
WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 24: President Biden addresses the Supreme Court’s decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization to overturn Roe v. Wade June 24, 2022 in Cross Hall at the White House in Washington, D.C. The Court’s decision in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health overturns the landmark 50-year-old Roe v. Wade case and erases a federal right to an abortion. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
“Elect more state leaders to protect this right at the local level,” he said. “We need to restore the protections of Roe as law of the land. We need to elect officials who will do that.” Biden said that this fall, “Roe is on the ballot.” “Personal freedoms are on the ballot. The right to privacy, liberty, equality—they’re all on the ballot,” Biden said. “Until then, I will do all in my power to protect a woman’s right in states where they will face the consequences of today’s decision.” The president said that while the Supreme Court’s decision “casts a dark shadow over large swaths of the land,” there still are “many states in this country that still recognize a woman’s right to choose.”
Angry woman yelling after the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade in Washington, Friday, June 24, 2022.
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)”So, if a woman lives in a state that restricts abortion, the Supreme Court’s decision does not prevent her from traveling from her home state to the state that allows it,” Biden explained.Meanwhile, the president urged “everyone, no matter how deeply they care about this decision, to keep all protests peaceful, peaceful, peaceful, peaceful.” TRUMP PRAISES SUPREME COURT DECISION OVERTURNING ROE V. WADE, SAYS RULING ‘WILL WORK OUT FOR EVERYBODY'”No intimidation. Violence is never acceptable,” Biden stressed. “Threats and intimidation are not speech. We must stand against violence in any form regardless your rationale.”The president also said that while many are “frustrated and disillusioned that the court has taken something away that’s so fundamental.”
Members of the House of Representatives walk from the Capitol to the Supreme Court to protest the abortion decision, Friday, June 24, 2022.
(AP Photo/Steve Helber)”I know so many women are now going to face incredibly difficult situations. I hear you. I support you. I stand with you,” Biden said.MORE THAN 2 DOZEN STATES TO RESTRICT ABORTIONS AFTER ROE V. WADE OVERTURNEDCriticizing the conservative majority of the high court, the president said shows “how extreme it is” and “how far removed they are from the majority of this country.””They made the United States an outlier among developed nations in the world,” Biden said. “But this decision must not be the final word.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe president said his administration will “use all of its appropriate lawful powers,” but urged Congress to “act with your vote.””You can act. You can have the final word,” Biden stressed. “This is not over.” Brooke Singman is a Fox News Digital politics reporter. You can reach her at Brooke.Singman@Fox.com or @BrookeSingman on Twitter.
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