Headline RoundupJune 30th, 2022

Biden Supports Senate Filibuster Exception to Codify Roe v Wade

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Could Democrats change Senate rules in order to codify Roe v. Wade?

After the Supreme Court overturned the landmark abortion ruling last Friday, Democrats have put all options on the table. President Joe Biden said Thursday that he supports an exception to the Senate filibuster — which requires 60 votes to pass most legislation instead of simple majority — if it led to passing a law establishing federal abortion rights. "I believe we have to codify Roe v. Wade into law," Biden said while speaking to reporters after meeting with NATO allies in Spain. "And the way to do that is to make sure that Congress votes to do that. ... And if the filibuster gets in the way ... we should provide an exception." Earlier this week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) outlined House Democrats' planned response to Roe v. Wade's fall and hinted at an attempt to codify federal abortion protections.

News coverage of the Roe v. Wade fallout continues to reflect deep divides on abortion, culture and politics. A report from Washington Examiner (Lean Right bias) focused on how Democrats have pushed to drop the filibuster recently "because it would allow them to pass more progressive policy goals despite their slim majorities in Congress." An analysis from HuffPost (Left bias) highlighted how some pro-choice activists "have been openly frustrated with Biden’s lack of action on or discussion around dwindling access to abortion care in the U.S."

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