MADRID, SPAINE – Calling the United States Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision “outrageous,” Joe Biden took a break on Wednesday during the NATO’s G7 summit to announce his intention to support killing the filibuster in order to make another attempt at codifying abortion as a federal right.
During the press conference, Biden indicated his belief that the Dobbs decision impacts the right to privacy as a whole, not just abortion. He said, “The first and foremost thing we should do, is make it clear how outrageous this decision was and how much it impacts – not just on a woman’s right to choose, which is a critical, critical piece – but on privacy generally.
“And so I’m going to be talking to the governors as to what actions they think I should be taking as well.”
Although he didn’t state it specifically, it’s probable that he will be talking to pro-abortion governors only, not taking all governor’s opinions into account.
“The way to do that is to make sure that Congress votes to [codify abortion into federal law],” Biden said. “And if the filibuster gets in the way, it’s like voting rights, it should be we provide an exception for this.”
When mentioning voting rights, Biden was referring to the Democrats attempt to abolish the filibuster in January to also change federal voting laws, essentially taking away the requirement to show ID at the federal level. They were prevented from doing so by Democrat Krysten Sinema siding with Republicans on the matter, as well as Democrat Joe Manchin, who also supported keeping the filibuster.
During Wednesday’s brief conference, Biden said that Congress needs to “require an exception of the filibuster for this action to deal with the Supreme Court decision,” meaning that he wants Congress to essentially put a pause on the filibuster rules, so to speak, in order to codify abortion at the federal level without blockage.
Currently, 60 votes are required to end a delay via filibuster, which means that 10 Republicans have to side with Democrats as there is currently a 50-50 split, plus Vice President Kamala Harris as the tie breaker.
Also during the press conference and alluding to his previous comments against abortion, NBC journalist Kelly O’Donnell asked of Biden, “Are you the best messenger to carry [ending a filibuster and codifying abortion] forward?”
Biden’s retort was, “Yeah, I am. I’m the president of the United States of America. That makes me the best messenger.”
He continued, “And I really think that it’s a serious, serious problem that the Court has thrust upon the United States – not just in terms of the right to choose, but in terms of the right to who you can marry, the right – a whole range of issues related to privacy. They just wiped it all out.
“And so, I’m the only president they got, and I feel extremely strongly that I’m going to do everything in my power, which I legally can do in terms of executive orders, as well as push the Congress and the public. The bottom line here is: If you care, if the polling data is correct, and you think this decision by the court was an outrage or a significant mistake, vote. Show up and vote.”