(CNSNews.com) – President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Friday to safeguard abortion access in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, illustrating his point by talking about a 10-year-old rape victim who was forced to travel out of state to get an abortion.
The president said that the “extreme Republican governors” and “extreme Republican state legislatures” have enacted “the harshest and most restrictive laws” banning abortion that the country has seen “in a long time.”
He said that the fastest way to restore abortion rights is to “pass a national law codifying Roe, which I will sign immediately upon its passage at my desk, and we can’t wait.”
“Extreme Republican governors, extreme Republican state legislatures, and Republican extremists in the Congress overall — all of them have not only fought to take away the right — our rights — but they’re now determined to go as far as they can,” Biden said.
Now the most extreme Republican governors and state legislatures have taken the court’s decision as a green light to impose some of the harshest and most restrictive laws seen in this country in a long time. These are the laws that not only put women’s lives at risk, these are the laws that will cost lives.
What we’re witnessing is a giant step backwards in much of our country. Already, the bans are in effect in 13 states. Twelve additional states are likely to ban choice in the next coming — in the coming weeks, and in a number of these states, the laws are so extreme they have raised the threat of criminal penalties for doctors and healthcare providers.
They’re so extreme that many don’t allow for exceptions, even for rape or incest. Let me say that again: Some of the states don’t allow for exceptions for rape or incest. This isn’t some imagined horror. It’s already happening.
Just last week, it was reported that a 10-year-old girl was a rape victim in Ohio — 10 years old — and she was forced to have to travel out of the state, to Indiana, to seek to terminate the pregnancy and maybe save her life.
That’s — the last part is my judgment. Ten years old. Ten years old. Raped, six weeks pregnant. Already traumatized. Was forced to travel to another state. Imagine being that little girl. Just — I’m serious — just imagine being that little girl. Ten years old.
Does anyone believe that it’s the highest majority view that that should not be able to be dealt with, or in any other state in the nation? A 10-year-old girl should be forced to give birth to a rapist’s child? I can tell you what: I don’t. I can’t think of anything as much more extreme.
The court’s decision has also been received by Republicans in Congress as a green light to go further and pass a national ban. A national ban. Remember what they’re saying. They’re saying there’s no right to privacy, so therefore it’s not protected by the Constitution, so leave it up to the state and the Congress, what they want to do.
And now my Republican friends are talking about getting the Congress to pass a national ban. The extreme positions that they’re taking in some of these states. That will mean the right to choose will be illegal nationwide if, in fact, they succeed. Let me tell you something: As long as I’m president, it won’t happen, because I’ll veto it.
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