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White House and Democrats start to key in on midterm abortion strategy

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30.06.2022

President Joe Biden stepped up his response Thursday to the Supreme Court's radical ruling overturning a half century of a constitutional right to abortion in the United States.

"The most important thing to be clear about is, we have to codify Roe v. Wade into law," Biden told reporters on the final day of the NATO summit in Madrid. "And if the filibuster gets in the way, it's like voting rights, it should be we provide an exception for this—we require an exception to the filibuster for this action to deal with the Supreme Court decision."

In remarks following the ruling last Friday, Biden called congressional action "the only way" to restore abortion protections, but he stopped short of calling for a carve out to the filibuster, the Senate's 60-vote threshold for considering legislation.

Biden, however, did urge voters to have the final say on the matter.

"This fall, we must elect more senators and representatives who will codify a woman’s right to choose into federal law once again," he said last Friday at the White House. "Congress must act. And with your vote, you can act. You can have the final word. This is not over."

Biden's new call for a filibuster carve out for abortion could have bigger implications for the midterm elections than for the immediate push to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law—a bill known as the Women's Health Protection Act that has already cleared the House. The entire Senate Democratic caucus is pro-choice, but not every Senate Democrat is willing to scrap the........

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