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tv   President Biden on Supreme Court Overturning Roe v. Wade  CSPAN  June 24, 2022 12:37pm-1:01pm EDT

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[background sounds] >> we will leave this here today july now to president biden. >> today is, it's not hyperbole to suggest a very somber moment. today the supreme court of the
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united states expressly took away our right from the american people, that it already recognized. they didn't limit it simply took it away. that's never been done to our 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 it has been the law of the land since then. this landmark case to protect a woman's right to choose, a right to make intensely personal decisions with her doctor, free from interference of politics. it reaffirmed basic principles of equality that women have the power to control their own destiny, and reinforce a fundamental right of privacy, the right of each of us to choose now to live our lives. now with roe gone, let's be very
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clear. the health and life of women in this nation are not at risk. as chairman and ranking member of the senate judiciary committee, as vice president and now as president of the united states, i have studied this case carefully. i've overseen more supreme court confirmations than anyone today. where this case was always discussed. i believe roe v. wade was the correct decision. as a matter of constitutional law and application of the fundamental right to privacy and liberty of matters of family and personal autonomy. it was a decision on a complex matter that a careful balance between a a woman's right to choose early interpregnancy and the states the ability to regulate later in her pregnancy. a decision with broad national consensus that most americans of faith and backgrounds found
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acceptable. it had been the law of the land for most of the lifetime of americans today. and it was a constitutional principle upheld by justices appointed by democrat and republican presidents alike. roe v. wade was a seven-to make decision written by justice appointed by a republican president richard nixon. in the five decades that followed roe v. wade justices appointed by republican presidents from eisenhower, nixon and reagan, george w. bush were upon the justices who voted to uphold the principles set forth in roe v. wade. it was three justices named why one president, donald trump, who was the core of the decision today to eliminate a fundamental right of women in this country. make no mistake, this decision is a culmination of a deliberate
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effort over decades of said balance of our laws. it's a realization of an extreme ideology and the tragic error by the supreme court, in my view. the court has done what it is never done before, expressly take away a constitutional right that is so fundamental to so many americans that had already been recognized. the court's decision to do so without real and immediate consequences. state laws banning abortion are automatically that automatically taken into effect today, jeopardizing the health of millions of women, some without exceptions. so extreme that women can be punished for protecting their health. so extreme that women and girls who are forced to bear their rapists child, or a child of consequence -- it just, it stuns
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me. so the doctors will be criminalized for fulfilling their duty to care. imagine having, having to carry the child of incest as a consequence of incest. no option. too often the case, for women will be hit the hardest. it's cruel. in fact, the court laid out state laws criminalized abortion that go back to the 1800s, as rationale. the court literally taking america back 150 years. this is a sad day for the country, in my view. but it doesn't mean the fight is over. let me be very clear and unambiguous. the only way we can secure a woman's right to choose, the
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balance that existed, is for congress to restore the protections of roe v. wade as federal law. no executive action from the president can do that. and if congress, as it appears, lacks to do the votes to do that now, voters need to make their voices heard. this fall must elect more senators and representatives who codify a woman's right to choose into federal law once again. elect more state leader to protect this right at the local level. we need to restore the protections of roe as law of the land. when it elected officials who will do that. this fall roe is on the ballot. personal freedoms are on the ballot. the right to privacy, liberty, equality, they are all on the ballot. until then i will do all in my
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power to protect the women's right in states where they will face the consequences of today's decision. the court's decision cast a dark shadow over a large swath of the lane, many states in this country still recognize the woman's right to choose. so if a woman lives in a state that restricts abortion, the supreme court's decision does not prevent her from traveling from her home state to the state that allows it. it is not prevent a doctor in that state, in that state from treating her. as the attorney general has made clear, women must remain free to travel safely to another state to seek care they need. my administration will defend that bedrock right. if any state or local official, high or low, try to interfere with a woman's exercising her basic right to travel, i will do everything in my power to fight
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that deeply un-american attack. my administration will also protect a woman's access communications that are approved by the fda, the fda, like contraception which is essential for preventative healthcare. fda approved 20 years ago to safely in early pregnancies and is commonly used to treat miscarriages. some states are saying that they will try to ban or severely restrict access to these medications. but extremist governors and state legislators are looking to block the mail or search a persons medicine cabinet or control it woman's actions by tracking data on her and she uses are wrong and extreme and out of touch. when the majority of americans. the american medical association, the american college of obstetricians and
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gynecologists wrote to me and vice president harris stressing that these laws are not based on evidence and asking us to protect access to care. they say by limiting access to these medicines, maternal mortality will climb in america. that's what they say. today i am directing the department of health and human services to take steps through these critical medications are available to the fullest extent possible. and the politicians cannot interfere in the decisions that should be made between a woman and her doctor. my administration will remain vigilant, as the implication of this decision play out. i have learned about how this decision risks of broader right to privacy for everyone. that's because roe recognized the fundamental right to privacy. that has served as a basis for
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so many more rights have come to take, we have come to take for granted, , that are ingrained in the fabric of this country. the right to make the best decisions for your health. the right to use birth control, a married couple in the privacy of their bedroom, for god's sake. the right to marry the person you love. justice thomas said as much today. he explicitly called to reconsider the right of marriage equality, the right of couples to make their choices on contraception. this extreme and dangerous path the court is now taking a stand. let me close with two points. first, i call on everyone no matter how deeply they care about this decision to keep all protests peaceful. peaceful peaceful peaceful. no intimidation. violence is never acceptable.
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threats and intimidation are not speech. we must stand against violence in any form regardless of your rationale. second, i know so many of us are frustrated and dissolution this court is taken something away that is so fundamental. i i know so many women are now going to face incredibly difficult situations. either you. i support you. i stand with you. consequences and the consensus of the american people, core principles -- principles of equality, liberty, dignity and a stability of the rule of law the man that roe should not have been overturned. with this decision, conservative majority of the supreme court shows how extreme it is, how far
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removed from the majority of this country. they made the united states an outlier among the developed nations among the world. this decision was -- must not be the final word. my administration will use all of its appropriate lawful powers, but congress must act. with your vote you can act. you can have the final word. this is not over. thank you very much. i have more to say in the weeks to come. thank you very much. [shouting] >> finishing up with the president. if you missed any of what he had to say on the supreme court decision, remarks by speaker pelosi or house minority leader kevin mccarthy and a group of house republicans, today at the capital, we showed you all of that. we encourage you to go to our
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website c-span.org if you missed any of it or check out our mobile app, c-span now. and back live now to protests outside the supreme court building where a few weeks ago safety fencing was installed in anticipation of this and a number of other high-profile decisions the high court's ruling on before the industry. yesterday the court ruled to expand gun rights in a case in new york. last that u.s. senate approved a bipartisan anti-gun violence legislation. the house the house is t bill today. votes on it are expected before the end of the day today. you can watch the debate on our companion network c-span. [inaudible] [inaudible] [inaudible]
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[background sounds] [background sounds] [background sounds] [background sounds] >> we believe our coverage of the supreme court here for the time being. join us tonight in prime time when we will be back in front of the supreme court live for reaction.
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also show you today's events related to the ruling including, trump speaker pelosi, republicans leader mccarthy and president biden. we want to hear from you, get your reaction to war morning on "washington journal." the program goes live it 78 in eastern on c-span, c-span.org or a c-span now, our free video app. >> c-span is your unfiltered view of government. .. >>. >>

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