Biden condemns SCOTUS abortion ruling: ‘It’s a sad day for the Court and for the country’

Delivering remarks on Friday, President Biden said the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the nearly 50-year-old ruling that legalized abortion nationwide, marked “a sad day for the Court and for the country.” With Roe overturned, Biden said “the health and life of women in this nation are now at risk.”

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JOE BIDEN: Today is, it's not a hyperbole to suggest, a very solemn moment. Today, the Supreme Court of the United States expressly took away a constitutional right from the American people that had already recognized.

They didn't limit it. They simply took it away. That's never been done to a right so important to so many Americans, but they did it. It's a sad day for the court and for the country.

50 years ago, Roe v Wade was decided, and has been the law of the land since then. This landmark case protected a woman's right to choose, a right to make intensely personal decisions with her doctor, free from interference of politics. The reaffirmed basic principles of equality, the women have the power to control their own destiny, and a reinforced a fundamental right of privacy, right of each of us to choose how to live our lives.

Now, with Roe gone, let's be very clear, the health and life of women in this nation are now at risk.

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