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Joe Biden Says Supreme Court’s Roe Reversal Has Energized Women Ahead Of Midterms


President Joe Biden on Thursday said the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has energized women across the country, with midterm elections now only a number of months away.

“Republicans have woke up a strong force on this nation: women,” Biden said during a speech on the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting in Maryland.

“Republicans don’t have a clue concerning the power of ladies, not a clue,” he continued.

Seventeen states have already outlawed, severely restricted or stopped offering abortions within the wake of the court’s decision within the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case. That has left about 17 million individuals with limited or no access to the medical procedure, in line with the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization that supports abortion rights.

Medical groups are sounding the alarm, warning that patients could suffer “irreparable harm” because of the confusing legal landscape following Roe’s reversal, citing reports of health providers putting caution concerning the law over health care concerns.

The end result of the November elections will determine whether abortion can be curtailed in additional states, Biden said.

“Which means in only weeks and months, greater than half of America could have banned abortion if we don’t win this off-year election,” he said, adding that if the GOP wins the bulk in each chambers, it can seek to pass a national abortion ban.

Republicans running within the midterms appear fearful about losing momentum following Biden’s string of legislative victories over the summer, and anxious about political backlash to the Roe decision. Some have even removed abortion references from their campaign web sites.

The president warned abortion just isn’t the one right at stake if Republicans gain power.

“In the event that they had their way, they’d come after the contraception and marriage equality, the entire right to privacy,” Biden said.

The abortion decision raised fears that the court’s conservative majority could also overturn marriage equality. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, in his concurring opinion to the Dobbs case, said justices should reconsider other cases that rest on the appropriate to privacy — specifically cases protecting contraception access and same-sex relationships.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday said he’ll bring a bill codifying same-sex marriage equality to the ground “in the approaching weeks.” The House has already passed similar laws.

Biden also called out GOP lawmakers for voting against the Inflation Reduction Act — the huge Democratic bill he signed into law last month — which incorporates provisions to lower the prices of pharmaceuticals and increase investments in renewable energy.

“Now each American must return the favor and vote them out of office,” Biden said.

In recent weeks, Biden has struck a more forceful tone to attract a contrast between himself and the GOP, slamming former President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” movement as “semi-fascism” and calling out Republican hypocrisy.

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