White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has just dealt a blow to Democrats across the country by revealing that President Joe Biden can’t do anything to stop the Supreme Court from overturning Roe v Wade.
Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One she was asked, “So, the President spoke pretty passionately on the tarmac about the Alito draft being an affront to basic rights.
“But he also said he was not ready to commit to ending the filibuster to codify Roe. Why?
“And is there a disconnect here between the passion and what needs — what he believes needs to be done?”
Psaki said: “Well, first, let me say the President’s position is that we need to codify Roe, and that is what he has long called on Congress to act on.
“What is also true is that there has been a vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act which would do exactly that, and there were not even enough votes, even if there was no filibuster, to get that done.
“So, I would note, in his written statement that we released this morning — I’m just going to reiterate what he said in this statement.
“He said, ‘if the Court does overturn Roe, it will fall on our nation’s elected officials at all levels of government to protect a woman’s right to choose’— to do exactly that.
“It will fall on voters to elect pro-choice officials this November.
“At the federal level, we will need more pro-choice senators and a pro-choice majority in the House to adopt legislation.
“And that was speaking to exactly where we are with the votes.
“I would note that while we’ve been in the air, Leader Schumer noted that he had plans to bring this up for a vote,” she said.
“Well, I think it’s important to note that there has been a vote on this; it failed,” Psaki added later.
“It did not have even 50 votes, which means even if the filibuster were overturned, there would have not had been enough votes to get this passed.
“He has stated this many times publicly.
“This is his known position.
“This is many of — one of many topics he discusses with lawmakers,” the press secretary said.
“I would note again that Leader Schumer indicated he plans to bring it up again.
“But in the President’s statement, just to reiterate, what he pointed to is the fact that there needs to be a more — more pro-choice officials after the elections in November,” she said.
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A draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito was leaked to Politico that said:
“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start.
“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled.
“It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.
“We, therefore, hold the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion.
“Roe and Casey must be overruled, and the authority to regulate abortion must be returned to the people and their elected representatives.”