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Roe v Wade: Biden hits back at US Supreme Court move to overturn abortion rights | US News

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US President Joe Biden says he opposes a Supreme Court move to overturn a historic law that legalised abortion, saying the right is “fundamental” for women.

In a draft ‘opinion’ document written by Justice Samuel Alito, the court says the landmark Roe v Wade decision in 1973 was “egregiously wrong from the start”.

It is unclear at this stage if the draft represents the court’s final word on the matter – and it has yet to issue an official ruling.

President Biden said he was ready to act if the court attempts to roll back abortion rights.

Mr Biden said: “If the court does overturn Roe, it will fall on our nation’s elected officials at all levels of government to protect a woman’s right to choose.”

He added that a decision overturning Roe would raise the stakes for voters in November’s heated midterm elections.

“It will fall on voters to elect pro-choice officials this November. At the federal level, we will need more pro-choice senators and a pro-choice majority in the House to adopt legislation that codifies Roe, which I will work to pass and sign into law,” the president said.

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