Warren, Biden call for law to protect abortion rights

Warren, Biden call for law to protect abortion rights
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MANCHESTER, N.H. — Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPoll: Bloomberg stalls after Vegas debate Bloomberg campaign: Vandalism at Tennessee office 'echoes language from the Sanders campaign and its supporters' Democratic strategist says Biden 'has to' get second place in Nevada MORE and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenPoll: Bloomberg stalls after Vegas debate Bloomberg unveils billboards to troll Trump ahead of campaign stops John Legend joining Warren in South Carolina next week: report MORE (D-Mass.) called for a law to protect abortion rights when asked at the Democratic primary debate on Friday if they believed there should be a litmus test on the issue for Supreme Court nominees. 

"I've lived in an America in which abortion was illegal, and rich women still got abortions," Warren said. "That's what we have to remember about this. States are heading toward trying to ban abortion outright, and the Supreme Court seems headed in that direction, as well." 

"If we are going to protect the people of the United States of America, and we are going to protect our rights to have dominion over our own bodies, then it's going to be we can't simply rely on the courts," she said. "Three out of every four people believe right now that the rule of Roe v. Wade should be the law. That means we should be pushing for a congressional solution as well. it is time to have a national law to protect the right of a woman's choice."

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Biden said that if the Supreme Court ruled that abortion was unconstitutional, he would pass a law making Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the U.S., law. 

"If they ruled it to be unconstitutional, I will send to the United States Congress, and it will pass I believe, a bill that legislates Roe v. Wade adjusted by Casey," Biden said. "It's a woman's right to do that. Period." 

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Biden also touted his role in rejecting former President Ronald Reagan's Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork when he was in the Senate. Democrats at the time argued that if Bork, a conservative, was on the court, he would roll back abortion rights.

 

 

Under President TrumpDonald John TrumpComey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' Congress to get election security briefing next month amid Intel drama New York man accused of making death threats against Schumer, Schiff MORE, the Supreme Court has shifted to the right with the additions of Justices Neil GorsuchNeil GorsuchNikki Haley hires Heritage Action chief to run her policy group First, we'll neuter all the judges Warren, Biden call for law to protect abortion rights MORE and Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughNikki Haley hires Heritage Action chief to run her policy group Susan Collins in statistical tie with Democratic challenger: poll A disgraced Senate and president have no business confirming judges MORE. In addition, the Republican-controlled Senate has confirmed a number of conservative judges to federal courts across the nation. Those developments have Democrats worried about the effect on a number of social issues, including abortion rights.