The fight for abortion rights “isn’t over yet,” US President Joe Biden said Sunday, 50 years after a landmark Supreme Court ruling guaranteed that right before the court reversed itself in June.
“Today should have been the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade,” the Democratic president said on Twitter, referring to the original ruling.
“Instead, Republican officials of MAGA” – supporters of former President Donald Trump, with his slogan Make America Great Again – “are waging a war against women’s right to make their own health care decisions.”
Biden added, “I haven’t stopped fighting to protect women’s reproductive rights — and I never will.”
However, his powers to influence abortion rights are relatively limited, and the battle is now mainly at the state level.
The stunning U.S. Supreme Court turnaround in June came after three Trump-appointed justices gave the conservatives a majority on the Supreme Court.
Since then, some 20 Republican-led US states have passed laws banning or severely restricting abortion rights.
In his series of tweets on Sunday, Biden said that “a woman’s right to choose is non-negotiable,” and called on Congress to pass legislation codifying abortion rights in the Roe case.
But now that Republicans control the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of Congress, such legislation has virtually no chance of passing.
Since June, Biden has had to settle for issuing relatively limited orders, such as authorizing Veterans Administration hospitals to provide abortion services.
Vice President Kamala Harris is expected to celebrate Roe’s 50th anniversary on Sunday by announcing some new rule changes.
For example, the White House wants to protect access to mifepristone-based pills, which can be used to terminate a pregnancy in the first weeks.
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