Former Vice President Joe Biden vowed to enact legislation codifying Roe v. Wade if Republicans install Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court and strike down the landmark law protecting abortion rights.
Biden fielded a question about abortion rights Monday night at an NBC town hall from a young woman who called access to abortion and brith control 'imperative,' and wanted to know his plans for protecting reproductive rights amid President Donald Trump's nomination of Amy Coney Barrett.
'Number one, we don't know exactly what she will do, although expectation is that she may very well move to overview – overrule – Roe,' Biden said, days after it was revealed that Barrett had signed onto an ad in 2006 that called the law 'barbaric' and a 'raw exercise of judicial power.'
Former Vice President Joe Biden said he would seek to turn Roe v. Wade's abortion protections into law if a conservative Supreme Court strikes it down
'And the only thing, the only responsible response to that would be to pass legislation making Roe the law of the land. That's what I would do,' he said.
Biden didn't follow up with a second point in his answer, and host Lester Holt then went to commercial.
Any legislative move enshrining abortion rights into law would be certain to meet a Republican filibuster in the Senate, even if Republicans lose control of the chamber.
However some Democrats are pushing their party's leadership to act to end the filibuster in order to allow Biden to ram through his agenda without it falling prey to obstruction.
If that were to happen, under a scenario where Democrats seize control of the Senate, the majority could push through a whole range of Biden action items on abortion and other issues.
If the Senate confirms Barrett to fill the seat of the late liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, conservatives would have a 6-3 majority on the court, even if Biden were to capture the White House.
Senate Republicans are pushing ahead with their plan to try to confirm Barrett before the November 3 elections, despite three Senate Republicans testing positive for the coronavirus.
The Judiciary Committee, chaired by Trump loyalist Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, is set to kick off four days of hearings Oct. 12, just weeks before the election.
Biden made a similar vow during the primaries, as a series of states have sought to chip away at abortion rights through their own laws.
Earlier in the town hall in Florida, Biden called out President Donald Trump's family for opting to take off their masks at last week's presidential debate in Cleveland – while blasting a 'macho' attitude that avoids mask wearing.
Biden spoke Monday night just minutes after Trump left Walter Reed medical facility to reenter the White House – taking off his own mask to be photographed and then reentering the White House.
Biden said he was not worried about himself having contracted the coronavirus from Trump, who debated him on the same stage in Cleveland on Tuesday, when the president may have already been infected with COVID-19.