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Biden promises to codify Roe if two more Democrats are elected to the Senate

US President Joe Biden makes remarks at a Democratic National Committee event at the National Education Association headquarters in Washington, US, Sept. 23, 2022. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

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President Joe Biden has vowed that Democrats will enshrine the right to abortion if two more are elected to the US Senate in the upcoming midterm elections.

“If you give me two more senators in the United States Senate, I promise you, I promise you, we’re going to codify Roe and make Roe the law of the land again,” Biden said at the headquarters of the nation’s largest . union, the National Education Association, in Washington, DC

With 46 days left until November election day, Biden urged supporters at a Democratic National Committee event to think about “what’s on the ballot,” covering topics such as abortion, social security and gun control. .

“The power to get things done is in the hands of the American people, especially the women there,” Biden said. “I don’t think the MAGA Republicans have a clue about the power of American women. Let me tell you something: they’re about to find out.”

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Abortion has become a major concern for voters across the country after the Supreme Court’s decision in June by the Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization to uphold the right for women to have an abortion, which had been enshrined in Roe v. Wade nearly 50 years earlier. , undone.

Thirteen states have already enacted total abortion bans, according to data collected by The New York Times. In all, nearly half of the states have banned, restricted, or attempted to ban abortion. Some Republicans, such as Senator Lindsey Graham earlier this month, have proposed a national ban on abortion after 15 weeks, or within the second trimester of pregnancy.

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However, others, including Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, have distanced themselves from the idea, arguing that it should be left to the states.

Biden said in his address Friday that Republicans would try to pass an abortion ban if they gain control of the legislature after the midterm elections.

If they did, the president swore, “I will veto it.”

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