Biden wants to enshrine the right to abortion into law across the country

US President Joe Biden / Image Alliance, ASSOCIATED PRESS, Susan Walsh

MADRID/GENEVA – US President Joe Biden has called for the suspension of a century-old rule in the Senate that would have legislated the right to abortion nationwide in the United States.

“We must Roe Vs. incorporate Wade into law. And we can achieve that only if Congress votes for it,” said Biden today at the end of the NATO summit in Madrid. “And if the filibuster gets in the way of that, it should be like the right to vote that we make an exception for that.”

As Roe v. Wade (Roe v. Wade) is well known for the US Supreme Court ruling from 1973, which until recently ensured the right to abortion in the US. This month, however, the now largely conservative Supreme Court overturned the ruling, paving the way for stricter abortion laws — even outright bans.

The filibuster, on the other hand, is a more than 100-year-old rule that says that for many bills, 60 out of 100 senators must agree to end debate in order for a vote on the floor of Congress at all.

However, Biden’s Democrats have only a small majority in the Senate. They control 50 seats, or exactly half – and are therefore regularly slowed by the filibuster. Democrats have already tried to secure the right to abortion through federal law, but failed with this very regulation.

Biden once again harshly criticized the court’s decision on abortion. He called his actions “scandalous” and “destabilizing.”

Meanwhile, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) condemned the US court’s decision against the liberal abortion law that was in force until now. “All women should have the right to make decisions about their bodies and their health. Period,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus yesterday in Geneva. Safe abortion is a health care concern, he said. “She saves lives.”

Restricting access to abortion leads women and girls to have unsafe abortions, which can lead to complications and even death. Last Friday, the US Supreme Court overturned a woman’s nearly 50-year-old right to choose whether or not to continue her pregnancy.

The court thus paved the way for stricter abortion laws – even outright bans. Prohibition laws went into effect immediately in some states. In many states, doctors who perform abortions now face long prison terms. © dpa/aerzteblatt.de

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