Barack Obama: Elect More Democrats so We Can Legalize Abortion Up to Birth Nationwide

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Oct 19, 2022   |   12:55PM   |   Washington, DC

Barack Obama joined Joe Biden this week in urging Americans to vote for Democrats in November so that Congress can force states to legalize taxpayer-funded abortion on demand.

In a video message Wednesday, Obama warned that Americans’ “fundamental rights” are at stake and a Democrat-led Congress can save them, echoing similar comments Tuesday from Biden.

“Election day is right around the corner, and I want to be clear about what’s at stake. Our fundamental rights are on the ballot, especially women’s reproductive rights,” Obama said. “That’s because earlier this year, the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade. Now extreme Republicans are pushing to ban abortions nationwide.”

The Republican bill would protect unborn babies by banning most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Far from extreme, the legislation would make American abortion laws more consistent with the rest of the world, and polls consistently show strong public support for the bill.

However, Biden has said he would veto it and any other pro-life legislation that reaches his desk, if voters elect a Republican majority to Congress in November.

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On Tuesday, Biden said his top priority in 2023 is to pass a bill nicknamed the Abortion Without Limits Up to Birth Act, which he says would “codify Roe” but really would force states to legalize the killing of unborn babies in abortions for basically any reason through all nine months of pregnancy.

Obama touted the plan in his video message Wednesday, saying voters can help “protect” women’s rights by electing more Democrats to office in November.

“The good news is we have the power to forge a different future,” he said. “If we elect more Democrats to Congress, President Biden can codify Roe vs. Wade and protect abortion rights. So don’t sit this election out.”

Democrats are banking on the abortion issue to win votes in November because their actions on the economy, crime, education and other issues have angered many Americans. But new polls suggest their strategy may not succeed, and election experts predict Democrats will lose control of the U.S. House and possibly the Senate, too.

Polls consistently show that Americans oppose Democrat leaders’ plan to legalize abortions for basically any reason up to birth and force taxpayers to pay for them. A recent Marist poll found that just 36 percent of Americans believe abortions should be legal without any restrictions, and 73 percent oppose using tax dollars to fund abortions.

Other polls also show strong public opposition to taxpayer funding for abortions and late-term abortions, and support for laws that protect unborn babies from abortion after the first trimester or once their heart begins to beat. Americans overwhelmingly support parental consent for minors, too – something Democrats’ bill to “codify Roe” would get rid of.

Currently, pro-abortion Democrats control the U.S. House, and the U.S. Senate is split 50-50. Whoever wins the majority will determine the types of abortion legislation that Congress may pass in the near future, such as a national ban on abortions after 15 weeks on the pro-life side or taxpayer-funded abortions through all nine months of pregnancy on the pro-abortion side.