On Wednesday, Joe Biden released a critical statement regarding the new ban on certain types of abortions in Texas.
Biden noted that Texas Law SB8 had gone into effect, which he claimed was an “extreme” law that “blatantly violates the constitutional right established under Roe v. Wade” and subsequently upheld as the standard precedent for almost five decades.
In addition, the new law will also “significantly impair” the access that women have to necessary health care services, “particularly for communities of color and individuals with low incomes,” Biden argued.
“And, outrageously, it deputizes private citizens to bring lawsuits against anyone who they believe has helped another person get an abortion,” Biden ranted, adding that these individuals could include “health care workers,” “family members,” “front desk staff” at clinics, or “strangers” who share no connection with the individual.
Biden insisted that his administration remains “deeply committed” to the legal precedents established in Roe v. Wade almost half a century ago, and the administration will continue to “protect and defend that right.”
The new Texas law went into effect early on Wednesday morning, and it had been formally signed by Governor Greg Abbott in May. The legislation bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which typically occurs around the sixth week of pregnancy.
Opponents of the law claim that most women do not even realize they are pregnant by this point in time.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) blasted the Texas law as a total and complete “assault” on “support systems,” “health care providers,” and “patients.”
The Supreme Court is also poised to reexamine the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization the most well-known abortion rights case that the Court has faced in years. However, the Court decided to not consider an appeal from abortion providers regarding the Texas legislation before the implementation that took place on Wednesday.
In their letter, the abortion providers claimed that S.B. 8 would result in the immediate and catastrophic reduction of abortion access across the state of Texas, preventing care for at least 85 percent of patients, or those individuals whose pregnancies span six weeks or greater.
As a result, numerous abortion clinics will ultimately close, the providers added in their appeal.