Biden urges women to keep protesting abortion ruling during Delaware bike ride

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​President Biden on Sunday encouraged women to keep protesting the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade — and said he was mulling declaring a public health emergency to free up federal resources for abortion access.

“Keep protesting. Keep making your point. It’s critically important,” Biden, who was on a bike ride near his family’s Delaware beach house, told those who have been demonstrating against the June 24 ruling.

Biden, 79, also said that he asked his staff “whether I have the authority” to announce the health emergency and what the impact would be, according to White House press pool accounts.

“We can do a lot of things to accommodate the rights of women,” he told reporters. “In the meantime, fundamentally, the only way to change this is to have a national law that reinstates Roe v Wade.”

President Joe Biden stops to talk to reporters while biking in Gordon's Pond State Park in Rehobeth Beach, Delaware on July 10, 2022.
President Joe Biden stops to talk to reporters while biking in Gordon’s Pond State Park in Rehobeth Beach, Delaware on July 10, 2022.
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U.S. President Joe Biden rides his bike at Gordons Pond in Rehoboth Delaware, U.S., July 10, 2022.
“Keep protesting,” said Biden, who was on a bike ride near his family’s Delaware beach house.
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Protests against the justices who voted to overturn the 1973 landmark case have continued since the ruling, and in some cases has prompted criticism of the tactics used to make their views heard.

Last week, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who voted to strike down Roe v. Wade, had to escape Morton’s The Steakhouse in Washington, DC after protesters showed up outside the restaurant.

Morton’s lashed out at the demonstrators and condemned the incident.

A woman supporting abortion-rights holds a sign outside the South Carolina Statehouse on Thursday, July 7, 2022, in Columbia, S.C.
A woman holds a sign advocating for abortion rights outside the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina on July 7, 2022.
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Abortion rights activists march to the White House to denounce the U.S. Supreme Court decision to end federal abortion rights protections on Saturday, July 9, 2022 in Washington, DC, USA.
President Joe Biden promised “to reinstate Roe v Wade as a national law” if it passes through Congress.
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“Honorable Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh and all of our other patrons at the restaurant were unduly harassed by unruly protestors while eating dinner at our Morton’s restaurant,” a restaurant representative said.

Biden acknowledged that he had the power to ensure women have access to abortions and that their private information is protected but restoring the rights in Roe v. Wade will require Congress to act.

“As president I don’t have the authority to say that we’re going to reinstate Roe v. Wade as the law of the land,” Biden said. “My ultimate goal is to reinstate Roe v Wade as a national law by passing a law through the United States Congress and I’ll sign it.”

An abortion-rights supporter protests at the Mississippi Capitol about the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, June 28, 2022 in Jackson, Miss.
President Joe Biden did not comment on protesters attempting to confront Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh at Morton’s The Steakhouse in Washington, DC.
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US President Joe Biden stops to talk to reporters during a bike ride in Gordon's Pond State Park in Rehobeth Beach, Delaware on July 10, 2022.
President Joe Biden acknowledged he carefully mounted his bike after falling in an incident last June.
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On Friday, Biden signed an executive order directing Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to come up with a plan to safeguard access to abortions, medical care and contraceptives in all 50 states.​

Talking to reporters, Biden also pointed out that he removed a clip from the bike’s pedal that he blamed for causing him to crash last month after his foot got caught in the toe cage of his Trek.

​“I want you to know an important thing: I took off the … thing​,” said the president, who was ​wearing a blue shirt, black shorts, Ray-Ban sunglasses and surrounded by Secret Service agents.

Demonstrators march to Odessa City Hall in support of abortion rights in Odessa, Texas on July 9, 2022.
Demonstrators march to Odessa City Hall in support of abortion rights in Odessa, Texas on July 9, 2022.
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An abortion-rights activist wears a blindfold with her left hand in red paint during a protest in Union Square on June 24, 2022.
An abortion-rights activist wears a blindfold with her left hand in red paint during a protest in Union Square on June 24, 2022.
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In the midst of answering questions from the media, Biden realized he was wearing his helmet.

“I look like a fool here in this interview​,” he said. “I put this helmet on because it was a tough interview.”

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