Biden campaign readies abortion rights blitz against Trump

January 23, 2024

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are set to set slam former President Donald Trump over abortion rights this week, with their reelection campaign releasing its first ad wholly focused on the topic and campaign stops planned in Wisconsin and Virginia, reports HuffPost.

The push—built around the 51st anniversary of the now-overturned Roe v. Wade decision giving women the right to an abortion—also includes a White House task force on reproductive rights, convened by Biden on Monday, January 22. It comes as Democrats remain anxious about Biden’s campaign, including the president’s comfort level with what many Democratic Party leaders believe is their most effective political message.

“Because of Republican elected officials, women’s health and lives are at risk,” Biden said in a statement on Monday morning. “In states across the country, women are being turned away from emergency rooms, forced to go to court to seek permission for the medical attention they need, and made to travel hundreds of miles for healthcare.”

Biden increasingly appears likely to face former President Trump—who appointed three Supreme Court justices key to overturning Roe. Since the court’s decision stripping away abortion rights, Democrats have hammered the GOP over the issue, winning close races in the 2022 midterms and a series of state-by-state referenda on abortion rights.

“[Trump] made a decision to take your freedoms and it is a decision he does not regret,” Vice President Harris is set to say during a speech in suburban Waukesha County, Wisconsin on Monday. “He is proud.”

The issue is set to be central again in 2024, with referenda to protect abortion rights on the ballot in the swing states of Arizona and Florida, and Democrats up and down the ballot preparing to run on it. While polls show Biden and Trump are locked in a close contest, voters overwhelmingly believe the Supreme Court was wrong to overturn Roe.

Biden’s first ad on the issue is straight out of the playbook Democrats have run repeatedly in recent years, featuring an OB-GYN speaking directly to the camera about having to leave her home state of Texas in order  to obtain an abortion after an ultrasound revealed the fetus had a fatal condition.

“That is because of Donald Trump overturning Roe v. Wade,” Dr. Austin Dennard, a mother of three, says in the minute-long ad. “The choice was completely taken away.”

The campaign said the ad was airing during the season premiere of “The Bachelor” on Monday night, January 21, and will air on cable channels with younger female viewerships, including HGTV, TLC, Bravo, Hallmark, Food Network, and Oxygen. The campaign also bought ad time during the NFL conference championship games next Sunday.

Trump has scrambled to distance himself from the massively unpopular Supreme Court decision he enabled, recently criticizing harsh state-level abortion bans. At the same time, he has repeatedly bragged to GOP primary audiences about the central role he played in overturning Roe v. Wade.

“For 54 years they were trying to get Roe v. Wade terminated, and I did it and I’m proud to have done it,” he said during a Fox News town hall before the Iowa caucuses this month.

Research contact: @HuffPost