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President Biden speaking at the White House on Aug. 31. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden said in a statement Wednesday that Texas' new law that outlaws most abortions after around six weeks of pregnancy "blatantly violates" the constitutional right established by the Supreme Court's 1973 decision on Roe v. Wade.

Why it matters: The law went into effect early Wednesday after the Supreme Court did not act on requests from reproductive rights advocates to block the ban, which is one of the most restrictive in the U.S.

  • The law specifically bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks, before many people know they are pregnant.
  • It also makes no exceptions for pregnancies that are a result of rape or incest if a heartbeat is detected and offers at least $10,000 to citizens who successfully sue any person assisting pregnant people with getting abortions that violate the ban.

What he's saying: "The Texas law will significantly impair women’s access to the health care they need, particularly for communities of color and individuals with low incomes," Biden said.

  • "And, outrageously, it deputizes private citizens to bring lawsuits against anyone who they believe has helped another person get an abortion, which might even include family members, health care workers, front desk staff at a health care clinic, or strangers with no connection to the individual," he added.
  • "My administration is deeply committed to the constitutional right established in Roe v. Wade nearly five decades ago and will protect and defend that right."
  • Press Secretary Jen Psaki added in a press briefing on Wednesday that the administration would "call for the codification" of Roe v. Wade in Congress.

Go deeper: Texas ban on second-trimester abortion procedure upheld by appeals court

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Oct 15, 2021 - Health

Texas abortion ban stumps businesses

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Companies and CEOs are reluctant to speak out against Texas’ abortion ban because they fear there’s more to lose than gain.

Why it matters: As the de facto fourth branch of government, CEOs face more pressure to drive social and political change.

Updated 11 mins ago - World

North Korea claims latest missile test new weapon launched from submarine

North Korean state media claims the country's military fired this missile on Tuesday. Photo: Korean Central News Agency

North Korean state media announced that a detected ballistic missile launch off its east coast on Tuesday was a newly developed weapon test-fired from a submarine.

Why it matters: Pyongyang's latest in a series of recent missile launches into the sea happened hours after U.S. officials emphasized their commitment to restart negotiations on North Korea's nuclear weapons program, which have stalled since talks broke down during the Trump administration, AP notes.

2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Manchin's massive means test

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is offering progressives a trade: He'll vote for their cherished social programs if they accept strict income caps for the recipients, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.

Why it matters: Manchin’s plan to use so-called means-testing for everything from paid family medical leave to elder and disabled care would drastically shrink the size and scope of the programs. It also would bring a key moderate vote to the progressive cause.