President Joe Biden escalated his attacks on Republicans over abortion rights in a speech to Democratic activists late Thursday, addressing the specifics of what he contends his opponents want: an expansion of abortion bans before many women know they’re pregnant, and an attempt to to pass a national ban, which he pledged to veto.
Leaning into the Supreme Court’s overturning of abortion rights this summer, the president suggested there would be a surge of voter activity in the fall midterm elections pushing back against the high court’s decision. Biden reiterated that abortion could be just the start of Republican attempts to dial back rights, including contraception and same-sex marriage.
“Republicans don’t have a clue about the power of women,” Biden told the gathering of Democratic Party committee members at their meeting in suburban Maryland. “Let me tell you something: They’re about to find out.”
Already, the abortion issue in special elections has led to a burst of women registering to vote and to an elevated turnout,