Just days after signing an executive order directing the federal government to explore means through which it might protect abortion access in states where the practice is now nearly or fully banned, President Joe Biden said he is considering declaring a national emergency for the same purpose.
“I don’t have the authority to say that we’re going to reinstate Roe v. Wade as the law of the land,” Biden told reporters on Sunday.
When asked if he might consider declaring a national emergency, the president replied that he is asking staffers to examine “whether I have the authority” and what such a move might entail, The Epoch Times reported.
On June 24, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade in a decision regarding a challenge to a Mississippi abortion law. Several states promptly banned or severely restricted abortion as a result, to the elation of the pro-life movement and consternation of so-called “reproductive rights” activists.
Biden, a one-time moderate Democrat, has grown increasingly more pro-abortion over the years and has vowed to protect “women’s rights.”
A New York Times report prior to the Supreme Court’s decision revealed that, according to the paper’s source, the Biden administration included declaring a public health emergency among its options for how the federal government might respond to Roe v Wade being overturned.
Biden told reporters Sunday that his administration is committed to doing a “lot of things to accommodate the rights of women.”
Meanwhile, as for pro-abortion activists, some of whom have been holding lively protests outside the homes of Supreme Court justices and harassing them in public places, the president urged them to “keep protesting” and “keep making your point. It’s critically important.”
He did not make any comments regarding the violent terroristic threats and attacks against pro-life pregnancy centers.
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