Joe Biden and Kamala Harris vow to fight for abortion rights on 49th anniversary of Roe v. wade

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On the 49th anniversary of Roe c. Wade, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris call for action as abortion rights continue to be under attack across the country.

Biden, 79, shared a statement on Twitter Saturday to mark the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that granted women the right to an abortion in all states.

“The constitutional right established in Roe v. Wade 49 years ago today is under attack like never before,” Biden wrote. “We must recommit to strengthening access to reproductive care, upholding the right established by Roe and protecting everyone’s freedom to build their own future.”

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Harris, 57, also shared a video message on Twitter, vowing to fight “to protect a woman’s right to choose”.

“Roe v. Wade has advanced women’s equality and this case has saved women’s lives,” she said, adding, “Roe’s overturning supporters have been clear. They want to suppress this right in every state. We will fight to protect women’s right to choose.”

“Women’s constitutional right to make decisions about their own bodies is not an abstract concept. It saves women’s lives,” Harris continued. “So on this 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, let us recommit ourselves to doing all we can to protect these constitutional rights.”

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Over the weekend, Biden and Harris also released a joint statement on the White House website reiterating their commitment to spearheading women’s reproductive rights.

“We are deeply committed to protecting access to health care, including reproductive health care, and to ensuring that this country does not backslide on women’s equality,” the two men said.

The statement continued, “In recent years, we have seen efforts to restrict access to reproductive health care increase at an alarming rate. In Texas, Mississippi and many other states across the country, access to reproductive health care reproductive health is under attack.These state restrictions restrict the freedom of all women.And they are especially devastating for those with fewer options and fewer resources, such as those in underserved communities, including communities of color and many rural areas.

According to the release, the administration is working to codify Roe v. Wade and is taking action to protect access to abortion care nationwide through the Women’s Health Protection Act.

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“All people deserve access to reproductive health care, regardless of gender, income, race, zip code, health insurance status, immigration status, disability, or sexual orientation. And the continued defense of this constitutional right is essential to our health, safety, and progress as a nation,” Biden and Harris said.

In 2021, a record 106 restrictions on abortions became law in the United States

In the past, states that attempted to enact anti-abortion laws knew they would be struck down by state and federal courts following the precedent set by Roe v. Wade. But now, with six conservative justices on the Supreme Court – three added during donald trump‘s presidency – legalized abortions may no longer be the law of the land.

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“We have entered a new, more restrictive phase in 2021 because we now have a staunchly anti-abortion Supreme Court,” said Elizabeth Nash, state policy analyst at Guttmacher Institute, a research group focused on abortion rights, previously told PEOPLE.

If Roe is overturned, “then I would expect that in a fairly short time, we would start to see states, especially the South, the Plains and the Midwest, looking to pass abortion bans,” said Nash. Twelve states, including Mississippi and Texas, have “trigger” laws in place that would automatically ban abortions if it happened.

“And that would make it very difficult for a large percentage of women in the country to access abortion care in their own state. That means a lot more people would have to travel for treatment,” Nash pointed out. “And those most affected by these abortion restrictions and bans are people of color, low-income people, youth, and LGBTQ people — people already burdened by insufficient access to health care.”

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