President Joe Biden signed an executive order Friday aimed at protecting abortion rights in response to the landmark decision by the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.
“I’m asking the Justice Department, that much like they did in the civil rights era, to do something, to do everything in their power to protect these women seeking to invoke their rights,” Biden said at the White House, standing alongside Vice President Kamala Harris and Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra
The President expressed his disappointment with the Supreme Court’s decision to roll back the 50-year-old case ruling.
He said the latest decision by the Court was “extreme,” “totally wrongheaded,” and “an exercise in raw political power.”
The President posited that the fastest way to restore abortion rights was for the American people to elect more members of Congress in November’s midterm elections who will support federal legislation protecting abortion access.
Mr. Biden also said it was his “hope and strong belief that women will in fact turn out in record numbers to reclaim the rights that have been taken from them by the court.”
“Let me be clear, while I wish it had not come to this, this is the fastest route available,” the President said.
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