Decision Roe v. Wade and abortion rights news
The Biden administration is fighting back amid intensified Republican-led efforts to legislate and implement a nationwide 15-week abortion ban after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to overturn Roe v. Wade – the White House executive who is pushing as a GOP effort to take away women’s rights.
After the Supreme Court struck down the landmark women’s reproductive health bill and upheld Mississippi’s law banning abortion after 15 weeks, some House Republicans who oppose abortion rights are pushing for implement a national abortion ban at 15 weeks.
Such legislation currently lacks the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster in the Senate, but pushing for such a ban is a notable effort given that Republicans have a strong chance of regaining control of the House in mid -course of this year. On Friday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy expressed support for the idea, and former Vice President Mike Pence praised the court in a statement and also threw his support behind the enactment of a 15-week nationwide ban.
On Monday, the director of the White House Gender Policy Council, Jen Klein, blasted such efforts.
“Already Vice President Pence and GOP Leader McCarthy have announced their support for a nationwide abortion ban, passed by Congress. No women in any state – no matter how pro- choice – wouldn’t have the right to choose. Abortion would be illegal everywhere. The ultra-MAGA agenda on choice has never been about the rights of “states”. It has always been about suppressing women’s rights, in every state,” Klein said in a statement provided exclusively to CNN.
As President Joe Biden and other top officials called on Americans to have their voices heard at the polls in November, Klein framed the choice in stark terms, offering insight into White House messaging on the issue.
“Let’s be clear, it goes two ways: we either have a House and Senate enshrining Roe into federal law, or a House and Senate pushing ultra-MAGA policies that disenfranchise women in all 50 states. . Congress will protect women everywhere or disenfranchise them everywhere,” she said.
Klein was among White House officials leading the White House’s response to the Supreme Court’s decision, forming an interagency task force and shaping the administration’s outreach to key stakeholder groups. As Biden travels abroad for key summits this week, Klein will be part of efforts by senior administration officials to speak publicly following this week’s decision.
The sharp language comes as Biden began to draw contrasts in his midterm messages, pursuing the right-wing’s “ultra-MAGA agenda” over his policies. The president outlined the steps his administration is taking federally as the White House continues to pressure Democrats to do more.
“This decision should not be the final word,” Biden said in remarks from the White House foyer on Friday. “My administration will use all of its appropriate legal powers. Congress must act. What about your vote? You can have the final say. It’s not over.”
The steps he outlined in his remarks — expanding access to medical abortion and ensuring women can cross state lines to get abortions — had been the focus of his team after dozens conversations with abortion rights advocates and experts over the past two months. .
CNN’s Melanie Zanona, Manu Raju and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.