Former President Barack Obama attempted to rally his Twitter followers to become activists on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
“On what would have been the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we’re reminded that progress can move backward,” Obama tweeted Sunday. “And that means we’ve got to recommit to doing our part to protect and expand reproductive rights for families today — and for generations to come.”
Obama was referring to the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization last summer, which returned the authority to regulate abortion to the states.
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“I hope you’ll join with the activists who’ve been sounding the alarm on this issue for years — and act. Stand with them at a local protest,” Obama continued. “Volunteer with them on a campaign. Donate to their causes. And vote in every election for candidates who will support reproductive rights.”
This tweet came two days after President Joe Biden, previously Obama’s vice president, wrote and signed a proclamation to commemorate the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.
“[Seven] months ago, a conservative majority on the Supreme Court overturned Roe. Never before has the Court taken away a right so fundamental to Americans,” Biden wrote. “In doing so, it put the health and lives of women across this Nation at risk.”
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Activists have become frustrated by the Biden administration’s response and its limited alternatives to the Supreme Court’s ruling. Some have asked for abortion clinics to be opened on federal lands, while others push for Congress to pass legislation enshrining the right to an abortion into federal law.