‘This Fall, Roe is on the Ballot’: Biden Vows to Back Abortion Despite Ruling
As pro-life advocates rejoice, abortion activists vent, seethe, and devise ways for their political allies to circumvent the Supreme Court decision allowing states to protect the unborn at younger stages of their lives.
Outside the Supreme Court Friday morning, Roe devotees — led by Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights, a Revolutionary Communist Party front group — chanted, “We will aid and abet abortion” repeatedly and robotically. Nationwide, members of the Democratic Party pleaded with lackadaisical voters to make abortion-on-demand a priority and vowed to minimize the ruling’s authority.
“It’s a sad day for the court and for the country,” said President Joe Biden, who called the ruling “a realization of an extreme ideology and a tragic error by the Supreme Court.” The pro-life ruling “casts a dark shadow over a large swath of the land,” he lamented.
On Friday, Biden made his first call for protesters to “keep all protests peaceful — peaceful, peaceful, peaceful.” He told his followers that “violence is never acceptable. Threats and intimidation are not speech. We must stand against violence in any form, regardless of your rationale.”
The abortion extremist group Jane’s Revenge has not revoked its incitement for activists to turn Friday evening into a “Night of Rage” against pro-life churches and pregnancy resource centers. Pro-life targets have already suffered more than five dozen attacks over the last seven weeks. Biden’s belated request for demonstrators to obey the law is noticeably absent from a statement issued by Barack and Michelle Obama, which asks readers to “join with the activists.”
Biden also failed to instruct Democrats to cease picketing outside the homes of pro-life Supreme Court justices, as they have since the leak of the Dobbs ruling to the media on May 2. A 26-year-old man subsequently traveled across the country to assassinate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, one of the signatories in Friday’s 5-4 decision.
Biden, whose speech faltered somewhat during the brief address, warned pro-life legislators against enacting further regulations of abortifacient drugs like mifepristone and misoprostol, or to seek to prevent abortions that take place outside state borders, something he called “deeply un-American.”
Biden, who once voted for a constitutional amendment to end abortion by overturning Roe v. Wade, abandoned any semblance of conciliation toward the pro-life cause. He called on Congress to pass a bill like the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would strike down virtually all pro-life laws nationwide and legalize abortion until birth. “The only way we can secure a woman’s right to choose, the balance that existed is for Congress to restore the protections” of abortion, he said. “No executive action from the president can do that.”
Biden and his fellow Democrats hope to turn Friday’s ruling into greater turnout in the 2022 midterm elections, which his party presently appears poised to lose by a disastrous margin. “If Congress, as it appears, lacks the votes to do that now, voters need to make their voices heard,” Biden said. “This fall, Roe is on the ballot,” he said. “Until then, I will do all in my power to protect a woman’s right in states where they will face the consequences of today’s decision.”
In a similar vein, the Democratic National Committee and its associated campaign arms issued a coordinated statement alleging, “The Republican Party will not stop at overturning Roe. The 2022 election will now determine whether new, cruel, and punishing restrictions will be put in place on women and families.”
If the Democratic Party chooses to contest the midterms over abortion, it may be in for a rude awakening. Only 19% of Americans support abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy for any reason, a pillar of the Democratic Party platform. Nearly three-times as many Americans say they’re more concerned about the economy than abortion, according to a recent USA Today poll.
The Left’s uncompromising stance on abortion is so strident that many Democrats disagree with it. Traditionally, nearly one in three Democrats say they hold pro-life views, according to the Pew Research Center. A majority (59%) of voters who identify as pro-choice oppose taxpayer-funded abortions overseas. Black and Hispanic voters were most likely to dissent from the party line on what the party platform calls “reproductive health, rights, and justice.”
Democrats for Life of America’s president, Monica Sparks, called on the Democratic Party “to listen to [America’s] pro-life majority rather than the pro-abortion lobby and donor class. Our party must consider the harmful consequences of abortion extremism and especially the racism that abortion perpetuates.”
“How is any woman empowered when she is presented only with abortion?” she asked.
Ben Johnson is senior reporter and editor at The Washington Stand.