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Biden threatens executive order to protect abortion if Roe falls

Joe Biden

After the leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, the prospect of Roe being overturned has put the abortion industry and its defenders in hysterics; violence against those in the pro-life movement has skyrocketed, and Democrats have been begging President Biden to do something to protect abortion.

Last week, a group of Democrats published a letter to Biden demanding that he issue an executive order to ensure abortion is legal, according to federal law. Senators Dianne Feinstein, Elizabeth Warren, and Patty Murray wrote the letter, with 22 other Democrats signing on.

“Abortion access is under attack in the United States and already completely eliminated in swaths of the country,” the letter read. “After decades of activism by Republican extremists, the Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, reversing nearly 50 years of settled law and eviscerating the right to a legal abortion.”

The group also claims, “Anti-abortion violence is on the rise, with assaults and threats of harm against abortion providers more than doubling between 2016 and 2020. Anti-abortion politicians have introduced nearly 550 abortion restrictions in 42 states and passed radical laws completely banning abortion and placing bounties on providers offering medical services. And if Roe v. Wade is gutted by this right-wing Supreme Court, Republican leaders have already signaled their next move: a nationwide ban on abortion in all 50 states.”

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The letter did not mention that if Roe is overturned, it would not make abortion illegal; rather, it allows states to make their own individual laws regarding abortion. So while abortion may be illegal in Oklahoma, for example, it would be legal in states like New York, Illinois, and California — states would set their own abortion law once again as they did prior to the Roe decision in 1973.

Additionally, the letter completely ignored the widespread violence from abortion advocates in recent weeks, including fire-bombings, vandalism, assault, doxxing, harassment, and an assassination attempt on a sitting Supreme Court justice.

“Americans across the nation and at every level of government must stand up against this unprecedented assault on women and their right to make decisions about their own bodies and lives,” the letter continued. “But as President of the United States, you have the unique power to marshal the resources of the entire federal government to respond.”

Press Secretary Jenn Psaki previously told reporters in May that Biden was considering executive orders to protect abortion, among other potential measures. During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live last week, Biden confirmed that himself, saying he was “looking at that right now.” The problem with executive orders in and of themselves is that they aren’t binding; the next president that comes along can issue his own executive order and undo Biden’s order to protect abortion. It’s likely for this exact reason that so many in the abortion industry and in Congress want to see Roe codified into law.

But more importantly, this plan to protect abortion at all costs is not in line with what the American people want. When Americans are told just what overturning Roe would mean with regard to state laws, polling makes it clear: they support it. Issuing executive orders to make abortion legal across the country with no restrictions whatsoever has nothing to do with what the American people want; it’s what the abortion industry wants, and it’s clear where Biden’s priorities right now lie.

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