Among the attacks from Democrats against Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett is that she will bring about the demise of Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that declared abortion to be a constitutionally protected right nationwide.
Asked about that prospect during a town hall event on Monday, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden vowed that if Roe were ever overturned, he would put forward legislation to make the Roe decision the “law of the land” if he is elected, The Daily Caller reported.
“The only responsible response”
During the NBC-hosted town hall for Biden, a woman in the audience asked, in light of the nomination of Judge Barrett, “What are your particular plans to protect women’s reproductive rights in the U.S.?”
Biden replied: “Number one, we don’t know exactly what she will do, although the expectation is that she may very well move to overrule Roe.
“The only responsible response to that would be to pass legislation making Roe the law of the land. That’s what I would do,” the Democratic nominee added.
Roe v. Wade must remain the law of the land. pic.twitter.com/1Gq6Ncc2IK
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 6, 2020
An unlikely prospect
The woman’s question and Biden’s response are both built-in with assumptions that may not actually come to pass. First, if Barrett is confirmed, the Supreme Court would have to take up a direct challenge to Roe, an uncertain prospect.
Even if the court did overturn Roe, abortion would not suddenly become illegal, but would be decided upon by each individual state.
Nevertheless, the fear-mongering over the potential demise of Roe and what Democrats would do to reverse that is a consistent narrative of the left. Biden went full-steam-ahead with a promise to legislatively legalize abortion at the federal level, taking all control out of the hands of the states.
Trump calls out Democrats’ radicalism
President Donald Trump responded on Twitter to the extreme nature of Biden’s stated position.
“Wow. Joe Biden just took a more Liberal position on Roe v. Wade than Elizabeth Warren at her highest. He also wants to PACK our great United States Supreme Court. This is what the Dems will do. Remember as they try changing positions before elections end. GET OUT AND VOTE!” the president tweeted.
Human Coalition Action National Legislative Advisor Chelsey Youman told The Daily Caller that the pairing of Biden and running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) constituted the most “pro-abortion ticket in American history, and out of step with the views of mainstream America,” and decried the increasing embrace of unrestricted access to abortions by the Democratic Party, as evidenced by Biden’s remarks.