Joe Biden expected to attack Donald Trump on abortion during first debate

Democrats focus on abortion rights to win voters

by Faruk Imamovic
Joe Biden expected to attack Donald Trump on abortion during first debate
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Two years after the historic verdict of the Supreme Court, abortion emerged as an important topic in the confrontation between the Republican candidate Donald Trump and the Democrat Joe Biden, the France Presse agency announces.

Joe Biden certainly won't hesitate to attack his opponent on the issue during the first debate between the two on Thursday night local time.

On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court, significantly reshuffled by the former president, overturned a ruling guaranteeing American women's federal right to abortion, giving each state the freedom to legislate on the matter.

On the same day, the first states banned abortions on their soil, forcing clinics to immediately close or relocate to other areas.

The country is now divided between about two dozen states that have imposed bans or strong restrictions, mostly located in the south and center, and those on the coasts that have adopted new protection measures.

Kamala Harris on the front line

Democrats are capitalizing on this burning issue, hoping to win valuable votes, especially among women and young people, for the presidential election in November.

President Biden, a practicing Catholic who has long been wary of the issue, has himself become an advocate of abortion rights, which has become important in his campaign for a second term.

His vice president, Kamala Karris, the first woman to become vice president of the United States, has been traveling the country for months to mobilize Democrats on the issue.

In mid-March, she visited an abortion clinic in Minnesota.

On Monday, he will be in Arizona, a state in the American West that has been rocked in recent months by heated debates on abortion.

Trump deliberately ambiguous

According to a Fox News poll released Wednesday, 47 percent of voters consider the abortion issue "extremely important" when deciding between Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

Trump, who never misses an opportunity to point out that it was thanks to his judicial appointments that the Supreme Court made its historic turn, is now deliberately ambiguous.

“You have to follow your soul and conscience on this issue, but don’t forget that you also have to win elections,” he said in a video in early April.

The Republican candidate is not campaigning on a highly unpopular promise to ban abortion nationwide by federal law, as the religious right would like.

“The best you can do if your position is unpopular… is not to clarify it,” says Professor Mary Ziegler.

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