The Supreme Court could still issue a stay on the ban in the coming days.
Biden’s statement was sharply critical of the new law, saying it would “significantly impair women’s access to the health care they need, particularly for communities of color and individuals with low incomes.”
“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,” he said.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Wednesday reiterated Biden’s “deep commitment to the constitutional right” established by Roe v. Wade. She added that the administration would “continue to call for the codification of Roe,” which would make the right to abortion a federal law — something both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris expressed support for on the campaign trail.
Harris released a separate statement on the law on Wednesday, calling it an “all-out assault on reproductive health.” The statement echoed Biden’s sentiments on the ban, saying it would reduce access to reproductive care for women with low incomes and women of color, and vowing to defend a woman’s right to choose.
“The Biden-Harris Administration will always fight to protect access to healthcare and defend a woman’s right to make decisions about her body and determine her future,” Harris said in the statement.