Biden says 2 more Democratic senators needed to codify abortion rights because 'right now, we don't have the votes'

In a virtual meeting with governors about protecting reproductive rights after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, President Biden said two more Democratic senators were needed to change the filibuster rules in the Senate, which could allow a bill to pass that would codify the right to an abortion.

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JOE BIDEN: Congress is going to have to act to codify Roe into federal law. As I said yesterday, the filibuster should not stand in the way of us being able to do that. But right now, we don't have the votes in the Senate to change the filibuster at the moment. That means we need two more votes now-- not now, when we vote, probably after November-- more senators and a House majority elected in November to get this bill to my desk.

So the choice is clear. We either elect federal senators and representatives who will codify Roe, or Republicans who will elect a House and Senate that will try to ban abortions nationwide, nationwide.