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President Joe Biden has directed the federal government to try to find a way for Texas women to still procure abortions following the state's passage of a ban on the procedure after six weeks, but he told reporters Friday he "doesn't know enough" yet to determine whether that will be possible.
"I'm not certain. I was told that there are possibilities within the existing law to have the Justice Department look and see whether are there things that can be done that can limit the independent action of individuals and enforcing a federal system, a state law," he said in response to a question at the White House on the subject. "I don't know enough to give you an answer yet. I've asked that to be checked."
After Texas's law went into effect earlier this week, Biden ordered the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services to determine what steps the government can take "to ensure that women in Texas have access to safe and legal abortions."
On Friday, he again heartily criticized the new law.
"I have continued to be a strong supporter of Roe v. Wade, No. 1, and the most pernicious thing about the Texas law is sort of creates a vigilante system," Biden said, referencing provisions in the law in which individuals can receive monetary rewards for reporting on providers and individuals who violate the ban. "It just seems, I know this sounds ridiculous, almost un-American."
The president additionally stated that he didn't want to "debate" the subject and that while he does "respect" people who hold anti-abortion views, he doesn't agree with them.
"I respect them, those who believe life begins at the moment of conception," he continued. "Don't agree, but I respect that. I'm not going to impose that on people."
Biden has said in the past that he accepts the Catholic Church's teaching that life begins at conception but does not wish to impose that view on others through government policy.
You can watch the entire exchange below.
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Original Author: Christian Datoc