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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 BidenBiden 'disappointed' in Senate parliamentarian ruling but 'respects' decision Taylor Swift celebrates House passage of Equality Act Donald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' MORE and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenMinimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm Becerra says he wants to 'build on' ObamaCare when pressed on Medicare for All 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 TrumpDonald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow McConnell says he'd back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee MORE, the Supreme Court has shifted to the right with the additions of Justices Neil GorsuchNeil GorsuchThe Jan. 6 case for ending the Senate filibuster Laurence Tribe: Justice Thomas is out of order on 2020 election McConnell backs Garland for attorney general MORE and Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughThe Jan. 6 case for ending the Senate filibuster Laurence Tribe: Justice Thomas is out of order on 2020 election LIVE COVERAGE: Senate set to consider Garland for AG 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.