Joe Biden Focusses On Abortion Rights On Campaign Trail In Florida

Joe Biden has been fighting Trump for years on abortion (File)


US President Joe Biden will visit Florida on Tuesday, hoping, not without reason, that his advocacy for abortion rights will resonate in the conservative state.

The southeastern state, won by Donald Trump in the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections and led by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, has seemed out of reach for Democrats for nearly a decade. Ta.

But since the Supreme Court under President Trump stripped away the federal right to abortion, voters have rallied around the issue even in solidly Republican states.

Meanwhile, Trump is scheduled to attend a hush money trial in New York on Tuesday, but will not be able to leave the courtroom to campaign for a return to the White House in November.

The stakes are high for Florida voters. The state Supreme Court recently upheld the six-week abortion ban, which is scheduled to take effect May 1.

But the ban could be overturned on the November ballot, when state measures guaranteeing abortion rights will also be on the ballot.

Since the Supreme Court handed abortion rights back to individual states, 21 states have banned or severely restricted abortion.

But abortion rights activists have won every time the issue has been brought directly to voters.

“Florida is not an easy state to win, but it is a winnable state for President Biden,” campaign spokeswoman Julie Chavez Rodriguez said.

“President Trump hopes that somehow the American people will forget that he is responsible for the horrors that women in this country face every day because of him,” she added.

Mr. Biden, 81, a lifelong Catholic, has long fought Mr. Trump on abortion, an issue on which the 77-year-old Mr. Biden is torn between hard-line Republicans and moderate voters. I feel that.

Trump, who has loose ties to religion, has often boasted about his role in the 2022 Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade.

The ruling helped conservative judges he appointed overturn half a century of precedent that upheld the constitutional right to abortion.

Since then, women in the Republican-controlled state have faced problems with sterile pregnancies and access to reproductive health care, including in vitro fertilization treatment.

And while the Supreme Court’s decision was a major victory for the religious right, a majority of Americans support at least some abortion protections.

Since then, President Trump has sought to strike a more hands-off tone, initially suggesting he would sign a 15-week ban before saying the decision would be up to the states.

But Democrats disagree, and Chavez warned that “Mr. Trump and his allies will not stop attacking reproductive rights.”

Meanwhile, Trump’s conservative vice president, Mike Pence, wrote in the New York Times that Trump’s former boss “betrayed the pro-life movement.”

Votes on abortion rights have been successful in conservative states, but it remains to be seen whether they translate into votes for Biden.

In 2016, a measure to raise the minimum wage, long a priority for Democrats, was put on the ballot alongside the president’s options.

The wage bill, like President Trump’s, received support from a majority of voters.

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