☷Statement by President Joe Biden
White House ( By Press Release office)
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We do not know whether this draft is genuine , or whether it reflects the final decision of the Court . With that critical caveat , I want to be clear on three points about the cases before the Supreme Court . First , my administration argued strongly before the Court in defense of Roe v . Wade . We said that Roe is based on “a long line of precedent recognizing ‘the Fourteenth Amendment’s concept of personal liberty’… against government interference with intensely personal decisions . ” I believe that a woman’s right to choose is fundamental , Roe has been the law of the land for almost fifty years , and basic fairness and the stability of our law demand that it not be overturned . Second , shortly after the enactment of Texas law SB 8 and other laws restricting women’s reproductive rights , I directed my Gender Policy Council and White House Counsel’s Office to prepare options for an Administration response to the continued attack on abortion and reproductive rights , under a variety of possible outcomes in the cases pending before the Supreme Court . We will be ready when any ruling is issued . Third , if the Court does overturn Roe , it will fall on our nation’s elected officials at all levels of government to protect a woman’s right to choose . And it will fall on voters to elect pro - choice officials this November . At the federal level , we will need more pro - choice Senators and a pro - choice majority in the House to adopt legislation that codifies Roe , which I will work to pass and sign into law .
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