Joe Biden is focusing his campaign for the November midterm elections on abortion. The president announces that he will support federal funding for women to have abortions.
Axios had early access to several statements from an interview with Joe Biden to be posted on social media Sunday by the progressive media outlet NowThis. The president confirmed that he will allocate taxpayer money to abortion. This is how he responded to a medical student who asked him about abortion funding:
The answer is absolutely ... I do support that, and I've publicly urged companies to do that. I've urged them publicly as President of the United States, saying. This is what you should be doing.
The president added that companies should help women who want to have an abortion:
I urge you to do it because there's so many, and imagine the women who need that kind of assistance, but have no money at all to be able to do this. None. How, how — what do they do? They don't have the option.
Biden steps up his pro-abortion rhetoric
This is Joe Biden's second public appearance this week in which he spoke about abortion. On Tuesday, during a Democratic National Committee event at the Howard University Theater in Washington, the president pledged that his first action after the midterms will be to make a federal law recognizing the right to abortion if Democrats maintain a majority of representation in Congress:
If we succeed, here's my promise to you and to the American people: The first bill I will send to Congress will be to codify Roe v. Wade. And when Congress passes it, I will sign it in January, 50 years after it was decided that Roe was the law of the land.
Biden's plan rejects the Supreme Court's reversal of Roe vs. Wade in June, in which it ruled that abortion is not a constitutionally protected right.
Under renewed pressure over high inflation and low approval ratings, U.S. President Joe Biden sought to mobilize his base by promising to sign a law to codify abortion rights if Democrats control the legislature next year https://t.co/Uu3sTCwlXj pic.twitter.com/RKaFhOnFqS
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The Democratic Party's defense of abortion
Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said in an interview on MSNBC that having children is the reason citizens are worried about the price of gas and groceries, suggesting that having an abortion could be a solution to high inflation:
Let's be clear. Having children is why you're worried about the price for gas. It's why you're concerned about how much food costs. For women, this is not a reductive issue. You can't divorce being forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy from the economic realities of having a child. So it's important for us to have both conversations. We don't have the luxury of reducing it or separating them out.
Abrams' controversial and surprising words did not provoke any reaction from the Biden Administration. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, avoided comment when asked about her fellow Democrat's words:
Uh, I did not see her comments on this, so I don't know the context of this. Again, I want to be careful. This is a political debate, and it is related to a midterm, an election… I'm not going to comment on that,