Biden calls for scrapping filibuster rules to enshrine abortion rights in law


President Joe Biden said Thursday he would support a filibuster exception — the 60-vote Senate threshold needed to pass most laws — to codify abortion rights and privacy rights. through legislation passed by Congress.

Asked what executive action he would use to bolster abortion rights following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Biden said, “The most important thing…we have to change, I believe, we have to codify Roe v Wade into law.”

“And the way to do that is to make sure Congress votes to do it. And if the filibuster gets in the way, it’s like the right to vote — we’d have to make an exception to that… demanding an exception to the filibuster for this action to address the Supreme Court’s decision,” he added.

Biden told CNN’s Anderson Cooper at a town hall last year that he would be open to changing the filibuster to pass voting rights legislation “and maybe more.”

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