Joe Biden said that he would support altering the rules of the filibuster as a way to codify abortion and privacy rights into law.
“I believe we have to code Roe Vs. Wade into law, and the way to do that is to make sure that Congress votes to do that,” Biden told reporters at a press conference in Madrid following the NATO summit. “And if the filibuster gets in the way — it’s like voting rights — it should be we provide an exception for this … to deal with the Supreme Court decision.”
Biden also said that such a law should extend to the right to privacy, as he attacked the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe V. Wade last week as “destabilizing,” citing its broader impact on other precedents.
“I really think that it’s a serious, serious problem that the court has thrust upon the United States, not just in terms of the right to choose but the right to marry, a whole range of issues related to privacy.” He cited articles he has written about privacy protections in the Constitution, “and they just wiped it all out. And so I am the only president they got, and I feel extremely strong that I’m going to do everything in my power that I legally can do in terms of executive orders, as well as push the Congress and the public.”
Democrats likely do not have the votes to codify abortion rights, the two members of the caucus, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) has previously resisted changing the rules of the filibuster.