Biden 'respects' Supreme Court despite abortion ruling, White House says


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Biden 'respects' Supreme Court despite abortion ruling, White House says
The US Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade court case on Friday that legalized abortion in the US in 1975.
Published: JUNE 25, 2022

President Joe Biden, who is weighing unilateral actions to counter an "extreme" ruling ending the US right to abortion, nonetheless "respects" the Supreme Court and sees no need to expand its membership, a spokesperson said. Biden is looking for more "solutions" in the aftermath of the abortion decision, including possible unilateral executive orders, according to spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre.

But, speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One, she offered no timeline for the release of such orders and downplayed their significance: "Nothing could fill the hole that this decision has made," she said. "The only way to make that whole again is for Congress to act."

Still, Biden continues to respect the authority of the Supreme Court, Jean-Pierre said. "When the president commented about the court's ruling, it was about the decision," which was "extreme," she said as the president traveled to Germany for the Group of Seven summit of rich nations.