Biden Vows To Veto Key Push

( President Joe Biden said a lot of things during his State of the Union address earlier this week, but one thing that stood out was his comments about abortion.

During his speech, the president accused the U.S. Supreme Court of taking a woman’s “right” away to get an abortion. He then added that if any legislation that would ban abortions nationwide were to be sent to him for his signature, he would veto it.

For the most part, Biden avoided abortion during his State of the Union speech, deciding to focus on other issues the country is facing. He did say, though, that he thought Congress should work to codify the Roe v. Wade decision from 1973, which until last summer provided federal protections for women who wanted to get an abortion.

As Biden said:

“Here in the people’s House, it’s our duty to protect all the people’s rights and freedoms. Congress must restore the right the Supreme Court took away last year and codify Roe v. Wade to protect every woman’s constitutional right to choose.”

He added that his administration was “doing everything [we] can to protect access to reproductive health care and safeguard patient privacy.”

He went on to heavily criticize the “more than a dozen states … [for] enforcing extreme abortion bans.” What he was referring to were the multiple Republican-led states that either had trigger laws in place for abortion or that moved quickly to enact tougher abortion laws in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Biden continued:

“Make no mistake, if Congress passes a national abortion ban, I will veto it.”

It’s highly unlikely that any abortion law would make it through both chambers of this Congress onto his desk for a signature. Any abortions right law would face significant backlash in the Senate – where Democrats hold a slim majority – and would stand no chance of passing at all in the Republican-led House.

Likewise, while a federal abortion ban may pass through the House – where Republicans hold a slight majority – it stands next to no chance of having all Republican senators and at least 11 Democratic senators back it to see it passed.

In other words, it’s a moot point, really, that Biden even brings up the fact that he would veto an abortion ban bill – or that he believes Congress should codify the Roe v. Wade decision. Both cases are highly unlikely to happen because of the current makeup of Congress.

So, it seems that Biden and the Democrats will have to wait for a future time when they not only hold the White House but hold a majority in the House and a super-majority in the Senate if they want to pass a law that would codify abortion rights.

With the way the Democrats are performing overall right now – and with the national sentiment toward the liberal party – that seems like a far way away.