Joe Biden has warned of fresh attacks on civil rights as the Supreme Court prepares to overturn the right to abortion, telling reporters at the White House that LGBTI children could be the next targets of a Trump-dominated Republican party that he called “this mob of Maga” and “the most powerful political organization”. An extreme…in modern American history.”
“What happens,” the president asked, if “the state changes the law saying that LGBT children cannot be in the classroom with other children? Is that legitimate under the way the decision is written?”
Biden’s comments, at the end of a short hearing on deficit reduction, referred to a leaked draft of Judge Samuel Alito’s ruling. Alito was one of six conservatives on the Supreme Court, writing in the Mississippi case aiming to overturn the 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade guaranteeing the right to abortion, and Casey v. Planned Parenthood from 1992, which she supported.
The Mississippi case is expected to be resolved in June. Draft ruling leaked POLITICOwhich reported that four other governors in the Nine Courts of Justice endorsed it, caused a storm of controversy and outrage.
In a statement and statements on Tuesday, Biden condemned Alito’s reasoning and intentions and called for legislation to codify Rowe into law.
But the president has faced criticism within his own party for appearing reluctant to consider reforming such legislation that would require the Senate, the abolition of the rule that requires 60 votes for most bills to pass.
A lifelong Catholic nevertheless supporting a woman’s right to choose, Biden has been bypassed as a strong voice against the attack on abortion rights by prominent Democratic women including Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who spoke angrily outside court on Tuesday, and Vice President Kamala Harris.
Harris’ struggle as vice president was widely reported but on Tuesday evening, while speaking to Emily’s Group List in Washington, It looks like she hit her stride.
Former Attorney General and Senator from California She said: “These Republican leaders who are trying to weaponize the use of the law against women. Well, we say, ‘How dare they?”
How dare they tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her body? How dare they? How dare they try to stop her from determining her future? How dare they try to deprive women of their rights and freedoms? “
She asked: Which party wants to expand our rights? Which party wants to restrict them? It has never been more clear. Which party wants to lead us forward? And which party wants to bring us back? You know, some Republican leaders want to take us back to a time before Roe v. Wade.”
At the White House on Wednesday, Biden answered brief questions. He was asked about the sanctions imposed on Russia over the invasion of Ukraine and about the “next step on abortion once this issue is settled”.
“Like I said when I got hit, when I was on the plane to get off to Alabama, it was a lot more than just a miscarriage,” he said. “I didn’t read the entire opinion at the time.”
The 79-year-old then gave a lengthy and somewhat distracted answer to the “discussion with Robert Burke”. Burke was nominated to the Supreme Court by Ronald Reagan in 1987. Biden was then chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Filtration failed.
At the White House, Biden said Burke “believes the only reason you have any inherent rights is because the government gave them to you,” a position Biden said he disagrees with.
Biden also said that Burke opposed it Griswold vs Connecticutthe 1965 case that established the right to contraception—a right that many on the left feared Open to right wing attack Once Roe’s case was cancelled, another privacy case.
In her speech last night, Harris said, “In essence, Roe recognizes the fundamental right to privacy. Think about that for a minute. When the right to privacy is assaulted, anyone in our country may face a future in which government can interfere in their personal decisions. Not just women. . anyone.”
The vice president also said, “Let’s fight for our country and the principles on which it was founded, and let’s fight with everything we have.”