Joe Biden continues to seek “solutions” after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the right to access an abortion in a historic decision that has divided opinion across the country.
The president has said his administration will see to the police how states enforce bans on the procedure.
Some White House officials have already signaled plans to fight back against states trying to ban a pill used for medical abortion.
“The Supreme Court has made some terrible decisions,” Mr Biden said on Saturday.
“The decision is being carried out by states. My administration will focus on how they administer and whether or not they violate other laws.”
That’s what the court ruled Friday the constitutional right to abortion reversed that has existed for almost 50 years after a legal case known as Roe v Wade.
Despite of Mr Biden openly disagreeing with the “extreme” choice, his spokesman said he still “respects” the Supreme Court and sees no need to extend membership.
Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One, Karine Jean-Pierre said: “When the president commented on the court’s ruling, it was about the decision.”
“Of course he sees the court as legitimate and he respects the court … it is a court he respects highly.”
She added: “About expanding the court, that’s something the president does not agree with. That’s not something he wants to do.”
Protesters from both sides are coming down
With a 6-3 Conservative majority, the decision was made by just nine Supreme Court justices and will now see nearly half of all 50 states likely to implement an abortion ban.
Clinics in at least eight states – Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, South Dakota, Wisconsin and West Virginia – have already stopped performing abortions.
Pro-choice campaigns have announced the decision, while pro-life activists have celebrated it, with hundreds of protesters from both sides to appear before the Supreme Court in Washington for a second day to share their opinions.
Among the public, opponents of abortion could be seen wearing T-shirts wearing “I am the pro-life generation” and supporters of abortion rights could be heard saying “my body, my choice”.
In Mississippi, a state that has decided to enforce a ban in just nine days, anti-abortion activists bombed the only clinic for women’s health that was still operational.
Hanging large posters reading “abortion is murder”, the protesters called on women waiting for appointments at Jackson Women’s Health Organization, and wrongly told them they were breaking the law.
On Friday, a number of women shared their views about the statement with Sky News correspondent Joe Pike, with some thanking God and others crying tears of despair.
Concerns have also been raised that the decision could lead to a ban on other constitutional rights.
Conservative Justice Clarence Thomas suggested that the court’s reasoning could also lead to a reconsideration of previous rulings.
protecting the right to contraception, legalizing gay marriage nationally, and invalidating state laws prohibiting gay sex.
Roe v Wade: Joe Biden seeks ‘solutions’ to Supreme Court abortion decision as protests continue in Washington | US News
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