Joe Biden speaks about abortion rights at the DNC event, 3 weeks from Election Day


President Joe Biden will try to keep abortion rights in the spotlight when he speaks at a Democratic National Committee event in Washington, DC on Tuesday, a Democratic official told CNN, as the White House hopes the issue will continue to galvanize voters. midterm elections

Three weeks from Election Day, Biden will address a DNC event at Howard Theater in the nation’s capital, according to a Democratic official, in which the president will discuss “the choice voters have to make this November among Republicans who want to ban abortion.” Nationwide criminal penalties for doctors if they break the ban, and Democrats who want to codify (Roe v. Wade) laws to protect women’s reproductive freedom.’

Biden and many Democrats have sought to make abortion rights a central focus of the US Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. After the Jackson Women’s Health Organization ruling, which removed the federal right to abortion.

In both the political and official spaces of the White House, the president has focused on the fight to protect abortion rights in recent weeks, pushing back on Republican-led efforts to enact restrictions on abortion at the federal and state levels. As his administration unveiled new steps to improve abortion protections earlier this month, Biden said he would not “sit back and let Republicans across the country enact extreme policies.”

The White House has taken advantage of a proposal by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, which would introduce a federal ban on most abortions before 15 weeks of pregnancy. At a Democratic fundraiser in New York City last month, the president described Graham’s bill as emblematic of Republicans becoming “more extreme in their positions.”

As the midterm elections approach, Biden has argued that voters should choose more Democrats after Roe v. To codify Wade’s protections into law. If Republicans control Congress, he has vowed to veto a bill that would ban abortions at the federal level.

More than a dozen states have enacted abortion bans since the Dobbs ruling, affecting nearly 30 million women of reproductive age.

While Democrats hope abortion rights will motivate voters, a recent CNN/SSRS poll found the economy remains a top focus for voters, with 90 percent of registered voters saying their vote is very or very important. Fewer – 72% – said abortion was just as important.

A recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, however, found that the issue of abortion was a key motivator for American voters this year, with 50% saying the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe had motivated them to go to the polls this year.

“Voters need to make their voices heard,” Biden said in response to the Dobbs ruling in June. “This fall, Roe is on the ballot. Personal liberties are on the ballot. The right to privacy, freedom, equality, they are all in the vote.”