President Biden on Thursday called on the Senate to create an exception to his filibuster rules so Congress can codify abortion protections and privacy rights previously granted underthe landmark decision overturned by the Supreme Court last week.
The president expressed his support for temporarily changing the Senate rules, something he usually opposes, during a press conference after a NATO summit in Madrid. The president also criticized the Supreme Court’s decision to remove the constitutional right to abortion as “destabilizing” and “outrageous”.
“The most important thing to be clear about is that we need to change – I believe we are codifying Roe v. Wade into law, and the way to do that is to get Congress to vote for it,” Mr Biden said. against reporters. Thursday. “And if the filibuster gets in the way, it’s like voting rights, it should be – we provide an exception for this. We need an exception on the filibuster for this action.”
The president insisted the country is now in a better position to lead the world than ever, but expressed his belief that the Supreme Court decision is the only blot on that position.
“America is better positioned to lead the world than we have ever been,” said Mr Biden. “We have the strongest economy in the world, our inflation rates are lower than other countries in the world. The only thing that is destabilizing is the excessive behavior of the United States Supreme Court in overriding not only Roe v. Wade, but essentially challenging the right to privacy.”
The president said he believes it is a “serious problem that the courts have forced on the United States,” expressing concerns about the right to choose who to marry, in addition to “a whole host of issues related to privacy.” .
The president confirmed he will meet with a group of governors Friday when he returns to the White House to discuss the next steps in access to abortion. Despite his personal concerns about abortion in the past, the president rejected all notions that he is not the best messenger for the Democratic Party on the matter.
“I’m the only president they have,” he said. “And I am very confident that I will do everything in my power that I can legally do in terms of executive orders, and also push Congress and the public. The bottom line is – if you can don’t care if the poll data is correct and you think this court decision was a disgrace or a big mistake – vote. show up and vote. off season vote and vote, vote, vote that’s how we’ll change it .’