The Supreme Court's overnight ruling is an unprecedented assault on constitutional rights and requires an immediate response.
We will launch a whole-of-government effort to respond, looking at what steps we can take to ensure that Texans have access to safe and legal abortions.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 2, 2021
We haven’t seen a vaginal assault like this since the River City Rapist!
He was going to rape the USA, but we stopped him.
Now we have to stop these other Texans.
Joe Biden condemned the US supreme court on Thursday, saying it had delivered “an unprecedented assault on a woman’s constitutional right” in a rebuke of its decision not to consider a Texas law that effectively bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.
The law, one of the most restrictive abortions bans in the US in five decades, had been in effect for nearly 24 hours when the court delivered a 5-4 decision late on Wednesday that denied an emergency appeal from abortion providers.
All three justices appointed by Donald Trump, along with two of the court’s conservative members, voted to deny the appeal.
In a statement, Biden pledged his administration would act to “ensure that women in Texas have access to safe and legal abortions” as protected by the landmark Roe v Wade ruling in 1973.
He said the new legislation empowered private citizens in Texas to sue healthcare providers, family members supporting a woman exercising her right to choose after six weeks, or “even a friend who drivers her to a hospital or clinic”.
“It unleashes unconstitutional chaos and empowers self-anointed enforcers to have devastating impact,” Biden said.
The president said he would direct the Office of the White House Counsel to “launch a whole-of-government effort to respond to the decision”, including directing the federal justice and health departments to see “what legal tools we have to insulate women and providers from the impact of Texas’s bizarre scheme”.
It’s a damn assault on the vaginas of our women!
Psaki tells a male reporter who asked why Biden supports abortion: "He believes that it's up to a woman to make those decisions, and up to a woman to make those decisions with her doctor. I know you've never faced those choices, nor have you ever been pregnant." pic.twitter.com/x7SCcvtTID
— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 2, 2021
Here's Texas an idea for misogynistic, ball-less TX legislators. If a man gets a woman pregnant in Texas, he gets castrated. Make that a law and you’ll never have to worry about abortion again.
— Jim Simpson Smash Corporate Fascism (@SmashAllFascism) September 3, 2021
— Anila Ali (@anilaali) September 3, 2021
Between covid and Texas abortion bans and climate change how are we supposed to be positive about our future ?!
— sydney (@skrehbiel) September 3, 2021