Friday's Supreme Court ruling that overturns Roe v. Wade is "literally taking America back 150 years," said President Biden.
"The court laid out state laws criminalizing abortion that go back to the 1800s as rationale — the court literally taking America back 150 years," Biden said Friday. "It's a sad day for the country, in my view."
Biden looked ahead to the elections in November and said voters must vote for representatives who will restore abortion rights.
"Let me be very clear and unambiguous. The only way we can secure a woman's right to choose ... is for Congress to restore the protections of Roe v. Wade as federal law. No executive action from the President can do that," he said.
"And if Congress, as it appears, lacks the votes to do that now, voters need to make their voices heard. This fall, you must elect more senators and representatives who will codify a woman's right to choose into federal law once again," Biden added.
"This fall, Roe is on the ballot. Personal freedoms are on the ballot. The right to privacy, liberty, equality — they're all on the ballot. Until then, I will do all in my power to protect a woman's right in states where they will face the consequences of today's decision," he said in his address.