President Biden has now carried his war on the unborn to greater heights. Not only has he tried to trade on his religious faith and ignore the Supreme Court, he now has misrepresented the legislative process, either accidentally or willfully. He is making a tremendous effort to ignite voter interest in abortion and move the issue to a main issue in the Democrats’ cause in November. To this end, Joe Biden vowed on Tuesday that the first bill he sent to Capitol Hill next year would codify Roe v Wade – if Americans return his party to power with wide enough margins to pass abortion protections. Standing in front of a banner that read “Restore Roe”, the president cast the election as a choice between Republicans who would seek to impose a nationwide ban on abortion and Democrats who have vowed to protect reproductive rights. With weeks left before the midterm elections, the White House and Democrats have increasingly focused their campaign message on protecting abortion, an issue they hope will galvanize women and independent voters.
“If Republicans get their way with a national ban, it won’t matter where you live in America,” Biden said, vowing to veto such a bill if it reached his desk. Biden said the only way to “stop these extremist laws that are putting in jeopardy women’s health” is for Congress to codify abortion rights at the federal level. But he conceded that presently “we’re short a handful of votes” to do so and urged Americans to elect more Democrats next month. He implored the voters, ““If you care about the right to choose, then you gotta vote.”
At that point in his rambling, President Biden then said;
“If we do that, here’s the promise I make to you and the American people: the first bill that I will send to the Congress will be to codify Roe v Wade,” he said. “And when Congress passes it, I’ll sign it in January, 50 years after Roe was first decided the law of the land.”
Powerful imagery, but very misleading, if not completely inaccurate. Technically, according to Article 1. Section 1 of the Constitution, the President CANNOT introduce a bill to Congress. The section of the article clearly vests all lawmaking power in Congress's hands. While the President cannot directly introduce legislation, he can play an important role in shaping it, especially if the President's political party has a majority in one or both houses of the Congress. While members of the executive branch are prohibited from simultaneously holding seats in the Congress Article 1 Section 6, clause 2), they often write legislation and allow a Senator or Representative to introduce it for them. The President can further influence the legislative branch through the constitutionally mandated annual report to Congress, which may be either written or oral, but in modern times is the State of the Union address, which often outlines the President's legislative proposals for the coming year.
Many have called this speech a “last-ditch” effort to prolong the anger over the Supreme Court decision and keep abortion in front of the voter. March for Life President Jeanne Mancini wrote in a prepared statement:
President Biden’s desperate attempt to sway voters by pushing painful abortions is clear evidence of how out of touch he is. Ninety percent of Americans reject Biden’s view that abortion should be legal up until birth for any reason – paid for by taxpayers.
According to a May 2022 CBS poll, just 17% of Americans say they think abortion should be legal at any point in a pregnancy. A Pew Research Poll this May similarly found that 19% of Americans say they believe abortion should be legal in all cases.
“Doubling down on an extreme agenda of abortion on demand until birth won’t stop Democrats from losing Congress, even with the abortion industry spending record sums to elect them,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, wrote in a statement. “Biden’s party is on the wrong side and stunningly out of touch.”
“Clear majorities of Americans … support commonsense limits on abortion, including a minimum federal standard to stop brutal late-term abortions when unborn babies feel pain,” she added.
Dannenfelser encouraged pro-life Republicans to continue exposing their Democratic opponents’ extreme stance on abortion. “The stakes of the midterm elections could not be higher,” she said. “President Biden is making clear today have that if Democrats control Congress in 2023, they will destroy the filibuster and pass their Abortion on Demand Until Birth Act to mandate abortion on demand in all 50 states.”
Jeanne Mancini said the country is seeking “positive solutions, not more violence and death. … It is time for Americans to hold pro-abortion politicians accountable.”
Yes, we can halt the maniacal power overreach of President Biden. He wants to take the battle to a local election level. This is the level where every vote does count as he seems to forget. Therefore, we have to stop him first on local and state levels. This will cause him to be a “lame-duck” president if both houses of Congress are against him. Then, his office will be very vulnerable in 2024. Our first step, to stop his pro-abortion agenda, is to keep his minions out of positions of leadership.