Before signing an executive order aimed at protecting abortion rights after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, President Biden urged Americans to vote for pro-abortion-rights candidates in the November midterms as the surest way to codify into law the protections once afforded by Roe, and to prevent Republicans from having a majority to pass a nationwide abortion ban.
JOE BIDEN: The court's decision has already been received by Republicans in Congress as a green light to go further and pass a national ban, a national ban. Remember what they're saying. They're saying there's no right to privacy. So therefore, it's not protected by the Constitution. So it's left up to the states and the Congress, what they want to do. And now my Republican friends are talking about getting the Congress to pass a national ban.
The extreme positions that they're taking in some of these states. That will mean the right to choose will be illegal nationwide if, in fact, they succeed. Let me tell you something, as long as I'm president, it won't happen because I'll veto it. So the choice is clear.
If you want to change the circumstance for women and even little girls in this country, please go out and vote. When tens of millions of women vote this year, they won't be alone. Millions and millions of men will be taking up the fight alongside them to restore the right to choose and the broader right to privacy in this nation, which they denied existed.
And the challenge from the court to the American women and men, this is a nation. The challenge is, go out and vote. Well, for god's sake, there's an election in November, vote, vote, vote, vote. Consider the challenge accepted, court.