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President Joe Biden announced Tuesday his main priority would be to enact a law protecting abortion rights if Democrats expand their control of Congress in mid-November, with voters refocused on abortion. To do and cry v. In an effort to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Wade. Because people’s attention has shifted to this issue.

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Biden told Americans during a speech on Tuesday that the first bill he would send to Congress in the next term would be one that legalizes abortion rights at the federal level.

He also pledged to sign it into law in January to mark the 50th anniversary of the original Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.

The president stressed the need for people to vote in the mid-November period to make this possible, saying, “If you care about the right to choose, you have to vote.”

Democrats Are Already in Congress fail In order to pass legislation codifying abortion rights into law multiple times, and to be truly successful, the party would need to take control of the House in November and expand its majority in the Senate, so that most Democratic Be prepared to eliminate senators. filibuster

Biden also denounced Republican efforts to pass federal legislation that would ban abortion nationwide, saying on Tuesday he would veto any bill that comes to his desk and “the only surefire way to stop these extremist laws.” The way … is for Congress to pass a law” that protects abortion rights.

The president has previously emphasized the importance of Congress-controlled midterms and Democrats for abortion rights, saying in July that voting is the “only way” to undo the damages of the Supreme Court’s abortion ruling.

important quotes

"Final Say" [on abortion rights] Now there is no rest on the court, it does not rest with the extremist Republicans in Congress ... it is with you," Biden said on Tuesday. "And if you do your part and vote, the Democratic leaders in Congress, I promise you, will do your part, I will do my part."

big number

60%. This is the percentage of American adults who believed Congress should pass a law guaranteeing federal abortion rights, an Associated Press/NORC report says. vote Found in July.

what we don't know

How Democrats will actually perform in the mid-term. During the voting largely in view of the Supreme Court's June 24 decision suggested The court's decision will be a motivating factor to bring Americans to the polls — as the majority disagree with the court's decision — with recent polls revealed this week showing Republicans on edge as voter interest in abortion rights fades. Has been. , A CBS News/YouGov vote For example, voters' saying that abortion is "very important" for them decreased from 59% to 54%, and a Times/Siena College vote found that independent women voters—a major voting bloc that could be influenced by abortion rights—went from a 14-point margin in favor of Democrats in September to 18 points over Republicans in October.

main background

Democrats see the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, which has established a nationwide wave of abortion bans, as a major motivating factor to take its base in the midterms. Those hopes are fueled by summer elections such as the Kansas ballot measure on abortion rights and a special election. New York, In which pro-abortion voters rallied in the polls, and Democratic strategists hoped that the ruling could help counter the typical trend of the president's party's poor performance in midterm elections. The movement for abortion rights has slowed in recent weeks as court rulings have faded and voters' attention has turned to other issues such as the economy and inflation, and Politico reports Democratic officials believe it may be too late to regain the interest of voters. "I want the elections to be held in August," Matt Bennett, executive vice president of center-left group Third Way, told Politico. "I think we got there a little early."

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