Biden condemns Supreme Court docket ruling on Texas abortion legislation as ‘unprecedented assault’ on ladies’s rights
An abortion rights activist holds placards exterior of the US Supreme Court docket earlier than the Court docket struck down a Texas legislation putting restrictions on abortion clinics on June 27, 2016 in Washington, DC.
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President Joe Biden on Thursday blasted the Supreme Court docket justices who rejected an effort by abortion-rights advocates to cease Texas’ restrictive abortion legislation from taking impact.
Biden additionally directed White Home authorized and coverage officers to reply to the court docket’s determination by wanting into methods for federal companies to “make sure that ladies in Texas have entry to protected and authorized abortions as protected by [Roe v. Wade.]“
The in a single day ruling by 5 of the excessive court docket’s conservatives, together with all three of former President Donald Trump’s appointees, “is an unprecedented assault on a lady’s constitutional rights underneath Roe v. Wade, which has been the legislation of the land for nearly fifty years,” Biden stated in a searing assertion.
The legislation bans most abortions after six weeks of being pregnant — earlier than most ladies have even found they’re pregnant — and empowers personal residents to sue anybody who “aids and abets” within the procedures, amongst different guidelines.
In doing so, the legislation “unleashes unconstitutional chaos and empowers self-anointed enforcers to have devastating impacts,” Biden stated.
“This legislation is so excessive it doesn’t even permit for exceptions within the case of rape or incest,” Biden’s assertion stated. “And it not solely empowers full strangers to inject themselves into probably the most personal of selections made by a lady—it really incentivizes them to take action with the prospect of $10,000 in the event that they win their case.”
Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in an announcement later Thursday morning condemned the “cowardly, dark-of-night determination to uphold a flagrantly unconstitutional assault on ladies’s rights and well being.”
Pelosi vowed that her chamber will deliver the Ladies’s Well being Safety Act “to enshrine into legislation reproductive well being look after all ladies throughout America” when Congress returns from recess.
The president and Pelosi each criticized the bulk’s determination to situation its transient however consequential opinion on the court docket’s “shadow docket,” with out having heard oral arguments from the events within the case.
“For almost all to do that with out a listening to, with out the good thing about an opinion from a court docket beneath, and with out due consideration of the problems, insults the rule of legislation and the rights of all People to hunt redress from our courts,” the president stated.
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