(Washington) Criticized for his abortion rights defense and said to be fearful, Joe Biden on Friday tried to regain the initiative by “speaking out” against a Supreme Court with a muscular speech about the need for massive electoral mobilization in the next general election . control” and the “extreme” Republican projects.
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Updated at 3:48 p.m
“For heaven’s sake, there’s an election in November, vote, vote, vote,” the President of the United States demanded at the White House. He clearly called for a strong democratic parliamentary majority, which he does not have today.
“It’s the quickest way” to restore abortion rights nationwide through federal law, he said in his second speech since the June 24 ruling by the US Supreme Court that blew up the case law that has guaranteed abortion rights for everyone since 1973 protected American territory.
If the Republican Party wins those November midterm elections and votes instead for legislation that would ban abortion nationwide and no longer just in conservative states, Joe Biden has promised a veto.
His intervention, the pretext for which was the signing of a decree of limited scope on access to abortion, was above all an attempt for the President to regain control in the face of persistent criticism from within his own camp.
Many Democrats and activists believe Joe Biden and his administration should take more dramatic action. Or, failing that, be more politically aggressive, which the 79-year-old Democrat, a moderate who doesn’t like to brag about, tried Friday.
“Brutal Political Violence”
He unleashed his blows on a “runaway” Supreme Court, saying his decision to have the abortion was “not a constitutional judgment but an exercise in brute political force.”
He also castigated the “radical” positions of the Republican Party. “Now is the time… to protect the nation from an extremist project” that could also challenge the right to contraception or marriage for everyone, Joe Biden said.
Joe Biden then signed an executive order protecting access to abortion. But the initiatives he envisioned have only limited reach in a country where presidential power, no matter how great it may seem, does not weigh heavily against the powers of states unless they are also backed by the judiciary and legislature can.
The White House pledges to fight “digital surveillance,” the potential use of private data against women who have had abortions.
The text, signed on Friday, also provides for protecting mobile abortion clinics on the external borders of states that have banned abortion, ensuring access to the morning-after pill and IUDs and organizing a network of volunteer lawyers.
Will this attempt at electoral mobilization by Joe Biden succeed if it comes from an unpopular president and runaway inflation is households’ biggest concern?
Shortly after Joe Biden’s speech, Jen Klein, an adviser on abortion issues, had a rough time during the daily White House briefing.
“We took an important step today and continue to review all options that would be legally relevant,” she said. But she struggled to explain the specific scope of the decree signed on Friday, justifying that the text comes two weeks after the Supreme Court decision but was predictable given a draft leaked in the press earlier.
The Women’s March organization, which plans to demonstrate in front of the White House on Sunday, reacted very coolly to Friday’s announcements.
These are “necessary first steps, but they are far from sufficient. […] I urge the administration to recognize the urgency. Be creative! said Rachel O’Leary Carmona, executive director of the association.
House Speaker and figure in the Democratic camp, Nancy Pelosi, meanwhile, has promised to put two bills to the vote next week: one to enshrine a federal right to abortion and the other to protect women who leave their states to have one have demolition. But these texts will never see the light of day for lack of a sufficiently strong parliamentary majority.