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tv   Pres. Biden on Draft Supreme Court Abortion Opinion  CSPAN  May 3, 2022 10:51pm-11:01pm EDT

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>> president biden spoke about concerns about the future of abortion rights after a draft opinion from the supreme court was linked to the press in support of striking down the landmark 1973 case, roe v. wade. speaking to reporters, the president said it would be a "radical decision" to overturn the ruling. reporter: what did you think of the draft lake, sir? pres. biden: i just got a call that it had been announced that it was a real draft, but it hasn't been announced to his going to vote for it yet.
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-- [indiscernible] look, the idea is that it concerns me a great deal that we are going to come after 50 years, decided woman does not have the right to choose. but even equally profound is the rationale used. it would mean that every other decision related to the notion of privacy is thrown into question. i realize it goes back a long way, but one of the debates i had with robert bork was whether griswold versus connecticut should stand as well. the state of connecticut says the privacy and the bedroom between a husband and wife, the couple could not use contraception because it was a
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violation of law. if the rationale of the decision is released were to be sustained, a whole range of rights are in question. a whole range of rights, and the idea of letting states and localities to make those decisions would be a fundamental shift in what we have done. so, it goes far beyond, if it becomes law and if what is written is what remains, it goes far beyond the concerns of whether or not there is a right to choose. it goes to other things like the right to marriage, the right to determine a whole range of things. because one of the issues that a number of the members of the court have not acknowledged is that there is a right to privacy in our constitution. i think the decision in griswold was correct. i think the decision in roe was
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correct, that the right to privacy, there can be limitations on it, but it cannot be denied. reporter: [indiscernible] we have never seen this happen before. pres. biden: if this decision holds, it is quite a radical decisions -- decision. and the underlying premise, again, i have not had a chance to [indiscernible] the report. but it basically says, all the decisions we made about private life, who you marry, whether you does -- whether you decide to conceive a child, whether you have an abortion or not, a range of decisions, how you raise your child. does this mean in florida, they can pass a law saying same-sex marriage is against the law in florida? it is a fundamental shift in
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american jurisprudence. reporter: should they do away with the filibuster to codify roe? pres. biden: i am not prepared to make those judgments now. but i think codification of roe makes a lot of sense. roe says what mainstream theoreticians have included, is the life of a human being at the moment of conception, six months, six weeks? the idea that we are going to make the judgment that is going to say that no one can make the judgment to abort a child based on a decision by the supreme
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court, i think goes way overboard. reporter: what this -- what does this mean for democrats in the midterms? pres. biden: i haven't thought that through yet. reporter: do changes need to be made to the court in light of this? pres. biden: no. one of the reasons why i voted against a number of members on the court, they refused to not -- to acknowledge the ninth amendment. they refused to acknowledge the right to privacy. so many fundamental rights are affected, and i am not. to the whims of the public at the moment -- and i am not prepared to leave that to the whims of the public at the moment. >> thank you, guys.
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