MANCHESTER, N.H. — Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrat threatens to vote against party's spending bill if HBCUs don't get more federal aid Overnight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Haitians stuck in Texas extend Biden's immigration woes MORE and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenFederal Reserve officials' stock trading sparks ethics review Manchin keeps Washington guessing on what he wants Warren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack 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."
Sen. Warren on if there should be a litmus test on abortions: "It is time to have a national law to protect the right of a woman's choice." https://t.co/8EYJNMry9k #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/PmXwfims6a— ABC News (@ABC) February 8, 2020
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."
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.
“Yes,” Joe Biden says when asked if, as president, he would have a litmus test on abortion for Supreme Court nominees.— ABC News (@ABC) February 8, 2020
“A litmus test on abortion relates to a fundamental value in the Constitution. A woman does have a right to choose.” https://t.co/Rhy9aOaDTU #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/7rosPzKNw4
Under President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE, the Supreme Court has shifted to the right with the additions of Justices Neil GorsuchNeil GorsuchCan Biden defend his vaccine mandate? The 'nondelegation doctrine' may be the challenge The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by AT&T - Supreme Court lets Texas abortion law stand Supreme Court could undermine freedom of the press MORE and Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughSenators denounce protest staged outside home of Justice Kavanaugh Why isn't Harris leading the charge against the Texas abortion law? Cori Bush introduces legislation aimed at expanding access to emergency rental assistance funds 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.