As the 2024 election continues onward, candidates begin to solidify their campaigns. The current president, Joe Biden takes an unexpected turn in his campaign by focusing on reproductive rights—a clear opposite from Donald Trump’s campaign supporting abortion bans.
In June 2022, the Supreme Court decision, Roe V Wade, was overturned. This action has jeopardized women’s reproductive health immensely as it reversed the constitutional right to an abortion. While the decision happened under Biden’s administration, the jurisdiction fell to the Supreme Court judges, the majority of whom were appointed by Former President Donald Trump. Trump gladly takes credit for the overturning of Roe V Wade, despite the decision having zero impact on his life, but damaging the lives of women across the country.
This is the first presidential election since the dreaded attack on women’s reproductive health, and Biden is playing his cards well. Despite his religious beliefs as a Catholic, Biden discusses the abortion issue in the context of personal freedom. The idea of ‘my body, my choice,’ resonates throughout his entire campaign. His campaign is hoping to motivate voters to support him around the idea of an increase in reproductive rights, and it’s working. Democrats are increasingly worried about abortion rights, and Biden knows how to appeal to his audience. Recently, he has been taking executive action regarding abortion access and states passing abortion restrictions. The court case concerning the abortion pill, mifepristone, is ongoing but it will be decided soon and has the potential to turn the tide.
On the other side of the spectrum, if Trump gets elected back into office, it will further threaten the reproductive health of women by creating stricter abortion, and contraception laws, not even Congress will be able to mitigate the damage that will ensue. Although, with all the pending criminal cases against Trump, his reelection may never have a chance to come to fruition.