Feb 22, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Biden campaign blames Trump for Alabama frozen embryo ruling

President Joe Biden speaks at the Culver City Julian Dixon Library in Culver City, California, US, on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024.

President Biden speaks at the Culver City Julian Dixon Library in Culver City, California on Feb. 21. Photo: Eric Thayer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden on Thursday slammed a recent Alabama Supreme Court ruling that said embryos created through in vitro fertilization are legally children as "outrageous" and "unacceptable."

Why it matters: The Alabama ruling could have broad implications for the future of fertility treatments in the state — and a ripple effect nationally.

Driving the news: Biden's re-election campaign blamed former President Trump's appointment of three conservative Supreme Court justices who overturned Roe. v Wade, while the president called the decision "a direct result" of the 2022 Dobbs decision.

  • "The disregard for women's ability to make these decisions for themselves and their families is outrageous and unacceptable," Biden said in a statement.
  • "My message is: The Vice President and I are fighting for your rights."
  • "And we won't stop until we restore the protections of Roe v. Wade in federal law for all women in every state," he said.

The big picture: Abortion has proven to be a winning issue for Democrats since the Supreme Court overturned decades of precedent by overruling Roe.

  • "What is happening in Alabama right now is only possible because Donald Trump's Supreme Court justices overturned Roe v. Wade," Biden-Harris 2024 Campaign Manager Julie Chavez Rodriguez said in a statement.
  • "If Donald Trump is elected, there is no question that he will impose his extreme anti-freedom agenda on the entire country," she said.

The other side: Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said Wednesday that frozen embryos created through IVF are "babies," a positioning that is line with the Alabama state ruling.

  • Trump has not weighed in on the Alabama court ruling and a spokesperson did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment.

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