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Biden Calls For Dropping Filibuster Rules To Put Abortion Rights Into Law

(CNN) -- President Joe Biden said on Thursday that he would support making an exception to the filibuster -- the 60-vote threshold in the Senate needed to pass most legislation -- in order to codify abortion rights and the right to privacy through legislation passed by Congress.

Asked about what executive action he would use to strengthen abortion rights following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Biden said, "The most important thing ... we have to change, I believe, we have to codify Roe v Wade in the law."

"And the way to do that is to make sure the Congress votes to do that. And if the filibuster gets in the way, it's like voting rights -- it should be (that) we provide an exception to this ... requiring an exception to the filibuster for this action to deal with the Supreme Court decision," he added.

Biden told CNN's Anderson Cooper at a town hall last year that he would be open to altering the filibuster to pass voting rights legislation "and maybe more."

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