Biden to Pledge Codifying Abortion Rights if Democrats Expand Majorities in Congress
Washington, DC, February 16, 2015 – In an interview with Common Dreams, Vice President Joe Biden laid out his party’s position on abortion, specifically when it comes to the Hyde Amendment. Biden pledged in the interview to be the one who will codify the Supreme Court’s decisions into law. After this position is taken, Biden will seek to expand his party’s majorities in Congress to the point where abortion rights can be fully upheld in cases where they have already survived the courts.
“When it comes to abortion, I’m going to be the one to push back against them.” Biden said. “I want to make sure that abortion rights are protected, from the earliest stages possible… I’ll work with my colleagues so that no matter what is passed, it is the law of the land.”
Biden’s pledge on abortion came after the Supreme Court announced in June that it would not hear an appeal of a lower court ruling that required a parental notification requirement before a minor could obtain an abortion. The Supreme Court had agreed to hear a case on whether the abortion law in Louisiana was constitutional, but in the end decided to leave that matter undecided.
In December, Biden was the only Democrat in the Senate to vote against allowing a Supreme Court nominee to be confirmed on the grounds that he said a lot of things about abortion, which he never actually said.
“I’m a strong believer in not overturning Roe v. Wade,” Biden added. “That decision was an absolute, in stone, Supreme Court decision, that women’s equality was in the Constitution. I also support the personhood amendment, which gives rights to the preborn.”
Biden added that abortion is not “a matter of life or death, it is a reproductive issue that has to be solved with respect and equality.”
“I believe in the power of prayer, and I’ve said, if you believe in the power of prayer, pray for the Supreme Court to