Joe Biden Addresses Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Ruling, White House, June 24, 2022 White House: Biden respects Supreme Court despite abortion verdict
President has no intention of expanding the court, but he is currently thinking about what the administration could do unilaterally in response to Roe v. Wade
President Joe Biden continues to respect the Supreme Court and sees no need to expand its membership, despite the fact that the head of state is currently considering possible actions his administration could take in connection with the overturning of the Roe v. Wade decision. which, in 1973, enshrined at the federal level women's right to abortion. Karine Jean-Pierre, White House press secretary, said this on Saturday.
Speaking to reporters aboard the presidential plane bound for Germany for the G7 summit, Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden was considering making “additional” decisions, including unilateral executive orders, in connection with the June 24 court verdict that struck down the right to abortion.
However, Jean-Pierre did not disclose the timing of the issuance of such decrees, stressing that “nothing can fill the void that this decision has created.”
Nevertheless, Biden continues to respect the authority of the Supreme judgment, said Jean-Pierre.
“When the president commented on the court's decision, it was a decision that was extremist,” Jean-Pierre said. “It is obvious that he considers the court legal and respects it. He has great respect for this court.”
On Saturday, Biden again criticized court decisions earlier this week that restricted abortion rights and expanded the rights of gun owners. “The Supreme Court has made terrible decisions,” Biden told reporters.
The court rulings angered American liberals, who were disappointed by the decisions of the conservative majority in the country's highest judicial body. The court now has six conservative and three liberal judges.
A panel set up by Biden stalled in December over whether to recommend reforms to the U.S. Supreme Court's structure, including an increase in the number of justices.
“About expanding the court, that's something the president doesn't agree with,” Jean-Pierre said. “That's not what he wants to do.”
She declined to discuss other reform proposals discussed by the commission, such as term limits for judges.
Both the president himself and many in the administration have criticized the court's decision to abolish the right to abortion.
Secretary of State Anthony Blinken released a statement saying the Supreme Court's decision “to set aside the verdict in Roe v. Wade has raised understandable questions and concerns around the world and among our staff.”
“The State Department will remain fully committed to ensuring access to reproductive health services and advancing reproductive rights worldwide . The State Department will do everything possible to ensure that all of our employees have access to reproductive health services, wherever they live. We will not back down from this commitment,” said Anthony Blinken.
The decision of the Supreme Court to review the decision “Roe v. Wade”, which secured the right to abortion for women, launched not only a wave of criticism throughout the country, but also became the starting point for the revision of the laws of several states.
Abortion GFX trigger law
In 13 states, the so-called. “trigger law” providing for an automatic ban on artificial termination of pregnancy in the event of a revision of Roe v. Wade. In a number of conservative states – including Oklahoma, South Dakota, Kentucky and Louisiana – the ban on abortion has already taken effect automatically after the decision of the Supreme Court. In some states – Utah, Arkansas, Missouri and Mississippi – the decision came into effect after the approval of the state authorities. In the remaining 13 states – Idaho, North Dakota, Wyoming and Texas – the ban will take effect within 30 days.
However, this is not a complete list of states in which abortion laws may be tightened. Twenty-two US states already have laws restricting abortion rights to varying degrees. Among them, in addition to those mentioned above, are Georgia, Iowa, Ohio, South Carolina (banning abortions after the sixth week of pregnancy), and Missouri (banning after the eighth week of pregnancy).