Despite Republicans' failures in the midterm elections, President Biden has admitted that he does not think Democrats will be able to codify Roe v. Wade.
A Broken Vow
Biden had previously vowed to codify abortion rights after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade earlier this year.
He said that if Democrats managed to keep control of Congress, he would work to codify Roe v. Wade, but it looks like Republicans may take the House.
A reporter asked Biden at a recent press conference what Americans could expect with regard to abortion rights now that the elections are over.
Biden responded with, “I don't think there's enough votes to codify unless something unusual happens in the House. I think we're going to come very close in the House, but I don't think we're going to make it.”
What Could Have Been
He originally said that the legislation for codifying abortion rights would be his first bill in the next Congress.
Almost half of the states have already enacted abortion plans, and others are planning to. In his speech at a Democratic National Committee event, he emphasized the importance of Democrats winning the Senate and maintaining control of the House.
“In these midterm elections it is so critical to elect more Democratic Senators to the United States Senate and more Democrats to keep control of the House of Representatives. If we do that, here's the promise I make to you and the American people: The first bill I will send to Congress will be to codify Roe v. Wade.”
He made it clear that if the bill passed both the Senate and the House, he would sign the bill in January, on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade's original announcement.
Currently, Democrats have 203 seats in the House, while Republicans have won 212. There are only ten races remaining, with Republican candidates leading in seven of them. Republicans only need to gain three seats to have the majority.
Abortion policy currently rests with the states, and many of them have already created legislation to restrict or ban abortion in most circumstances.
Despite the possibility of not being able to codify Roe v. Wade, Democrats have outperformed expectations in these midterm elections.
Republicans predicted a “red wave” for months that never came. Donald Trump endorsed 300 candidates in these elections, and many of his candidates lost key races that would have given Republicans control of the Senate.
The former President was reportedly hoping that by proving himself through his candidates this November, he would set himself up for a 2024 run.
Now that he is having to stare defeat in the face, Republicans are turning to other potential candidates, like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, for the 2024 presidential election.
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