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Biden Says Emergency to Defend Abortion Rights Is Still on Table

President Joe Biden speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on July 8.

President Joe Biden speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on July 8.

Photographer: Yuri Gripas/Abaca/Bloomberg

President Joe Biden said he has asked his team to explore the possibility of declaring a public health emergency to safeguard abortion rights after the US Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade decision.

“I’ve asked the folks on the medical -- people in the administration to look at whether I have the authority to do that and what impact it would have,” Biden told reporters on Sunday. He urged abortion-rights supporters to ‘keep protesting.”