U.S. President Joe Biden participates in a virtual meeting with governors while discussing reproductive health care, following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization abortion case, overturning the landmark Roe v Wade abortion decision, at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 1, 2022. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

US President Joe Biden has once again attacked the US Supreme Court after its decision on abortion rights. “I share the public outrage at this extremist court,” Biden said at a meeting with governors on Friday. The court wants to take America back in time and curtail rights.

Under ex-President Donald Trump, the Supreme Court has moved far to the right. Biden also indicated that before the congressional elections in the fall he sees no way to suspend an age-old rule in the Senate to legislate for a nationwide abortion right in the United States.

“Right now we don’t have the votes in the Senate,” he said. He hopes that will change after the elections in November. Biden’s Democrats currently only have a wafer-thin majority in the Senate. They control 50 seats, i.e. exactly half – and are therefore regularly slowed down by the so-called filibuster. Not all Democrats are behind the suspension of the filibuster either. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona have previously opposed it.

The filibuster is a more than 100-year-old regulation that states that for many bills, 60 of the 100 senators must agree to an end to the debate before there can even be a vote in the congressional chamber. Biden warned that Republicans may get enough spirit in the fall to push legislation through Congress banning abortion nationwide.

The Supreme Court overturned abortion rights last week, arguing it was unconstitutional. Since there is no statewide law protecting the right, the legislature now rests with the states.