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After Roe v. Wade overturned, the White House said that leftists were 'out of step' with Democrats

After Roe v. Wade was overturned, a spokesperson for President Joe Biden said that liberal activists are 'consistently out of step' with the rest of the Democratic Party.

White House communications director Kate Bedingfield's comments come as some members of Biden's own party criticize him for what they see as a slow or inadequate response to the Supreme Court decision.

“The president has been showing his deep outrage as an American and executing his bold plan — which is the product of months of hard work — ever since this decision was handed down,” Bedingfield told the Washington Post in a statement Saturday.

“Joe Biden’s goal in responding to Dobbs is not to satisfy some activists who have been consistently out of step with the mainstream of the Democratic Party. It’s to deliver help to women who are in danger and assemble a broad-based coalition to defend a woman’s right to choose now, just as he assembled such a coalition to win during the 2020 campaign,” she said.

Two weeks after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, on Friday, President Joe Biden said that the court's decision was a "giant step backwards." He signed an order meant to help women who want the procedure, but it's unlikely that it will help much in real life.

Many people on the left criticized the president for not reacting quickly enough to the decision, which has already led 10 states to ban abortions. Party leaders laughed at Biden's quiet first response to the ruling, in which he asked people to vote for more candidates who would vote to make a right to an abortion official law.

The Washington Post said that Biden had known about the decision for two months, so he had plenty of time to come up with a strong response. However, until Friday, his response had been mostly lukewarm.

Many activists lambasted Biden for his slow response to the decision, which has already led to 10 states banning abortions.
Many activists lambasted Biden for his slow response to the decision, which has already led to 10 states banning abortions.
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Biden slammed the court’s decision in his remarks Friday as “an exercise of raw power.”

“This was not a decision driven by the Constitution,” Biden said of the June 24 ruling. “Let me say it again. This was not a decision driven by the Constitution. Despite what those justices in the majority said, this was not a decision driven by history.”

He again called for voters to elect “two additional pro-choice senators and a pro-choice House” to codify abortion rights as federal law.

“The fastest way to restore Roe is to pass a national law,” Biden said. “The challenge is go out and vote. For God’s sake, there is an election in November. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote!”

The executive branch wants the Department of Health and Human Services to make sure that people in all 50 states can get medical abortions, emergency medical care, and birth control. It also starts public outreach and education projects.

Biden asked Attorney General Merrick Garland to put together a group of lawyers and legal groups that would work for free "to encourage strong legal representation for patients, providers, and third parties who legally seek or offer reproductive health care services across the country."

In order to protect the identities of women who are seeking or using abortion services, the executive order tells agencies to work on educating medical providers and insurers about how and when they are required to share privileged patient information with authorities.


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