For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 18, 2022
NARAL Pro-Choice America Responds to President Biden’s Remarks at DNC Event
Washington, DC — Today, President Joe Biden delivered remarks on the 2022 midterm elections, making a bold promise that the first bill he’ll send to the next Congress will be legislation to lock the protections of Roe v. Wade into federal law. As anti-choice Republicans across the country aim to further restrict reproductive freedom, President Biden affirmed his administration’s dedication to protecting access to abortion and contraception for all Americans and called on Americans to get to the polls to support candidates who share their belief in the legal right to abortion.
NARAL Pro-Choice America President Mini Timmaraju released the following statement in response:
“It’s this simple: If anti-choice Republicans win control of Congress, they will pass a national ban on abortion. If Democrats win, they will defend Roe and the president will sign the Women’s Health Protection Act. Extremist GOP lawmakers are the number one threat to our reproductive freedom, and they aim to take us back in time. That’s not the America we want for our children, and that’s not the America this nation elected Joe Biden to deliver. We thank the president for his leadership as we fight to restore the right to abortion and protect reproductive freedom.”
In June, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe in its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization—ending the constitutional right to abortion and opening the door for extremist state lawmakers to put total bans on abortion in place. This decision is already having a devastating impact throughout the country as 15 states are currently enforcing extreme or total bans on abortion. The people hurt most by these bans and restrictions are those who already face barriers to accessing abortion care—including women; Black, Indigenous, and other people of color; those working to make ends meet; the LGBTQ+ community; immigrants; young people; those living in rural communities; and people with disabilities.
For over 50 years, NARAL Pro-Choice America has fought to protect and advance reproductive freedom at the federal and state levels—including access to abortion care, birth control, pregnancy and post-partum care, and paid family leave—for every body. NARAL is powered by its 4 million members from every state and congressional district in the country, representing the 8 in 10 Americans who support legal abortion.