Do Joe Biden and the Democrats support late-term abortion?

Claim: Republicans have said that President Joe Biden and the Democrats support late-term abortion, including up until the moment of birth. 
Rating: This is MOSTLY FALSE. Biden supports Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that made abortion legal in the United States, and allowed abortions up until about 24 weeks (six months) of pregnancy. After that point, abortion is only allowed in situations where the woman’s life is threatened or if the fetus has birth defects that would not let it live outside of the womb. Roe v. Wade was overturned in June 2022, making abortion illegal in 13 states.

Does monkeypox only affect gay men? 

Claim: Many Americans believe that monkeypox only affects gay men and anyone who is not gay does not need to worry about the disease.
Rating: This claim is HALF TRUE. The World Health Organization says that a majority of the worldwide cases of monkeypox are caused by sexual contact between gay men. However, since monkeypox is spread through direct contact with infected lesions, non-sexual contact can spread the disease. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, anyone “who has been in close, personal contact with someone who has monkeypox is at risk.”

Does the Texas abortion ban criminalize miscarriages?

Claim: Many Democrats believe that the Texas abortion ban, which is one of the strictest abortion bans in the country, also criminalizes miscarriages.
Rating: This claim is MOSTLY TRUE. Though the Texas law also allows for abortion to save the life of the mother, many pharmacies and doctors are hesitant about treating miscarriages, because they are concerned about being charged with a crime. That is because the same drugs used to treat miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies are also used for abortions.

Do Republicans want to ban abortion nationally? 

Claim: Democrats have been claiming that Republicans want to pass a law banning abortions nationally, making it illegal to obtain one in the U.S. 
Rating: This claim is HALF TRUE. A number of Republican politicians have said that they do not want a total abortion ban but instead, want that decision to be made at the state level. At the same time, notable Republicans (such as former Vice President Mike Pence) have said they support a national abortion ban. Banning abortion nationally is not currently a unanimous position in the Republican party. If that changes, Viet Fact Check will update our rating accordingly.

Explainer: What will happen now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned? 

On June 24, 2022, the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the court case that legalized abortion in America. Roe v. Wade being overturned means that it is up to individual states to pass laws to make abortion legal or to ban abortion. Currently, abortion is banned (or will be banned) in 13 states. In addition, 3 states have laws banning abortion after six weeks of pregnancy and 3 states have laws banning abortion after 15 to 18 weeks of pregnancy. The status of abortion access is uncertain in 10 states. Abortion is legal in 21 states.

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