Biden's promise comes as somewhat of a comfort to Americans who have been worrying about the lasting implications of Judge Amy Coney Barrett becoming a Supreme Court justice.
As Republicans conveniently ignore the precedent they set in 2016 and rush towards confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett as the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's replacement, there have been growing concerns over the implications of this appointment. With Barrett's historically conservative views on everything from guns and sexual assault on campus to health care and abortion rights, reproductive rights supporters worry that the landmark Roe v. Wade decision — which legalized abortion nationwide — will be threatened like never before. The right-leaning composition of the Supreme Court will set back women's rights by decades if it overturns the historical decision; which seems like a very real and scary possibility at the moment.
I said this yesterday, but saying again today:— Celeste P. (@Celeste_pewter) September 20, 2020
Please read up on Trump's likely nominee ASAP - we need to be prepared to raise hell over specific records.
The front runner is Amy Coney Barrett. Here's a critical 2018 op-ed on her abortion views: https://t.co/xNB2hqLBeT
This is the concern Cassidy Brown brought before Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden during a town hall on Monday as she spoke about her life plans. "I knew whenever I was graduating high school and entering college that I wanted to obtain my degree and start a career before starting a family. Having access to birth control and safe reproductive healthcare was imperative in making that true for me," she told the former vice president. "So, considering the new Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, what are your particular plans to protect women's reproductive rights in the US?"
The Democratic nominee said he would work to enshrine abortion rights in federal law if the decision is overturned. https://t.co/1hmKpF7mS8— HuffPost (@HuffPost) October 7, 2020
Responding to Brown's question, one that has also been plaguing countless others like her in recent weeks, Biden pledged his support for legal abortion and promised to make Roe v. Wade "the law of the land" if he's elected president. "Number one, we don't know exactly what she will do, although the expectation is that she very well may overrule Roe, and the only responsible response to that would be to pass legislation to make Roe the law of the land," he said. "That's what I would do."
Roe v. Wade must remain the law of the land. pic.twitter.com/1Gq6Ncc2IK— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 6, 2020
Biden's promise comes as somewhat of a comfort to Americans who have been worrying about the lasting implications of Barrett becoming a Supreme Court justice, especially since she would be the youngest justice on the court and thereby have the chance to reshape the law and society for generations to come. As much as social conservatives favor the 48-year-old, a majority of the American public has long been in favor of abortion rights in most circumstances. A 2019 Gallup poll found that 53 percent of US adults believe abortion should be legal at least "under certain circumstances" while only 21 percent want it to be completely illegal.
Biden at town hall: Roe v. Wade must be the law of the land pic.twitter.com/9t1d6o3xxb— NowThis (@nowthisnews) October 6, 2020
However, these numbers aren't stopping President Trump from bending his opponent's promise to appeal to the far right as he lost no time in attacking Biden for taking "a more Liberal position on Roe v. Wade than Elizabeth Warren at her highest." Urging his followers to get out and vote in a tweet on Tuesday, he wrote: "He also wants to PACK our great United States Supreme Court. This is what the Dems will do. Remember as they try changing positions before elections end." Despite the president's attempts to twist Biden's words, pro-choicers are mostly happy about the former vice president's promise to protect abortion rights.
It’s so frustrating having to beg y’all to vote for someone who won’t take away basic rights to my own body https://t.co/OA5RrXWJbP— Alexis (@Amusedbyalexis) October 6, 2020
Agreed. No one should tell a woman what to do with her body. No one tells a man what to do with his. https://t.co/kECCwp3BSX— Gail Kim-Irvine (@gailkimITSME) October 6, 2020
Trump cannot claim to be pro-life when 210,000+ Americans have died under his watch, yet he continues to misinform the American public... We need a candidate who is prolife but also respects the womens right to choose... This is not an easy subject but Joe is RIGHT on this issue. pic.twitter.com/Qcc5iAJ71i— Unity (@Unity21407967) October 6, 2020
Meanwhile, according to CBS News, some abortion-rights supporters believe that a promise to protect Roe isn't enough to ensure access to the procedure. "Roe is important, but now we really think of that as the floor, not the ceiling," said Destiny Lopez, co-director of the abortion-rights group All* Above All Action Fund. "Even with Roe in place, so many people are unable to get the abortion care they want," said Megan Donovan, senior policy manager at the reproductive health research group Guttmacher Institute. "We can start with protecting Roe, but the fight cannot end there."
Bodily autonomy is a fundamental human right. Roe must be codified into law—but that's not enough. We must ensure that states with a track record of dismantling our reproductive rights are not able to do so & that abortion access doesn't hinge on wealth.https://t.co/nqZ8XUgzcB— #VOTEPROCHOICE (@VoteChoice) October 6, 2020