Mar 10, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Biden doubles down on criticism of Supreme Court for overturning Roe v. Wade

Joe Biden

Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event on March 9 in Atlanta. Photo: Megan Varner/Getty Images

The Supreme Court justices "made a mistake" when they chose to overturn Roe v. Wade and end federal protections for abortion, President Biden said during an interview on MSNBC's "The Saturday Show with Jonathan Capehart."

Why it matters: The comments mark the second time in days that Biden has directly criticized the court over the Dobbs ruling, after he admonished the court's decision during his State of the Union address Thursday.

State of play: "I think they made a wrong decision. I think they read the Constitution wrong. I think they made a mistake," Biden said in the interview.

  • Biden added that he wanted his remarks to emphasize the voting power of women.
  • "If you give me a Congress that's Democrat, we're going to change it back to Roe v. Wade," Biden added.

The big picture: Both in the interview with Capehart and during his State of the Union, Biden highlighted the way abortion has galvanized voters at the ballot box in elections since the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

  • During his State of the Union, Biden quoted a line from the Supreme Court's Dobbs ruling that said that "women are not without electoral or political power."
  • "You are about to realize just how much you were right about that," he added.
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