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 BidenStopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest Trump slams Biden staff for donating bail money to protesters At least 4,400 people arrested in connection with protests: report MORE and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenJudd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Vogue's Anna Wintour urges Biden to pick woman of color for VP Biden should name a 'team of colleagues' 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 TrumpFauci says his meetings with Trump have 'dramatically decreased' McEnany criticizes DC mayor for not imposing earlier curfew amid protests Stopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest MORE, the Supreme Court has shifted to the right with the additions of Justices Neil GorsuchNeil GorsuchIt wasn't just religious liberty that Chief Justice Roberts strangled Supreme Court denies California church's challenge to state restrictions Speculation swirls about next Supreme Court vacancy MORE and Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughIt wasn't just religious liberty that Chief Justice Roberts strangled Supreme Court denies California church's challenge to state restrictions Supreme Court denies Illinois churches' request for action after state eases restrictions 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.