Participants in the abortion rights march to the homes of Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Judge John Roberts of the US Supreme Court in Chevy Chase, Maryland, on June 29, 2022.
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Washington — President Joe Biden The federal government said on Friday that it would protect women seeking abortion drugs in states where abortion drugs are banned and women who need to cross state boundaries to obtain procedures.
“As I said last week, this isn’t over,” Biden said in a meeting with the Democratic governor. “Last week I announced two concrete actions: First, a woman’s governor from a state that prohibits women from seeking the medical assistance they need to a state that provides that care. When trying to prevent the move, the federal government acts as follows: Protect her bedrock through the Attorney General’s office. “
Still, Biden admitted that there weren’t enough Democrats in the Senate, Procedure rules To allow Democrats to codify Roe’s decision into federal law.
He urged Americans to vote in midterm elections for candidates who support access to abortion.
“The choice is clear. We elect federal senators and representatives who codify Law, or Republicans who seek to ban abortion nationwide.”
Biden is meeting with the governor to discuss what the government and state can do to give women access to abortion following a Supreme Court ruling that overturned the Roe v. Wade case last week.
The President announced a meeting on Thursday at the NATO Summit in Madrid, where he and the Governor June Supreme Court decision to overturn the groundbreaking Roe v. Wade case in 1973 Judgment establishing constitutional rights to abortion.
The following were expected to attend the meeting:
- Governor of New York Kathy Hokuru
- Governor of North Carolina Roy Cooper
- Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico
- Governor of Connecticut Ned Lamont
- Governor Jared Polis of Colorado
- Governor of JB Pritzkar, Illinois
- Washington Governor Jay Inslee
- Oregon Governor Kate Brown
- Governor Gavin Newsom of California
- Governor Danielle McKee of Rhode Island
The list of Democratic governors, representing about one-third of women in the country, reflects state-by-state disparities in access to abortion in the United States after the Supreme Court’s reversal.
At least 13 states There is a law in the book It either banned abortion soon or will do so soon. The ban on abortion in Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, and Alabama came into effect as soon as Law overturned, but trials in Louisville, Kentucky, and Utah. Officials have prevented these laws from coming into force immediately.
Blue states like New York and California continue to allow abortions.
New York Governor Hokul, who spoke shortly after Biden, elaborated on a bill that “worships” the procedure at Empire State.
“We are also ready to serve as a destination for women looking for places like New York as a safe port. Even before the Supreme Court’s ruling, I have the opportunity for women. I knew I had to strengthen. I’m from another state. “
“We have decided to require all insurers operating in New York to indemnify for abortion and have signed six bills related to provider protection,” Hochul added. Abortion-related “stop handing over the search for a woman who is in one of our providers or in our state, or who wanted under a criminal change.”
“It’s not happening in New York,” she said.
Biden said Thursday that the reversal was “a serious and serious problem that the Supreme Court has imposed on the United States,” reflecting the beliefs of many Democrats.
“I will do everything I can legally do in terms of protecting abortion and boosting Congress and the general public,” he said.
However, the impact of recent High Court rulings is still categorized at the state level, and federal agencies continue to scramble to navigate the evolving patchwork of law and jurisdiction.
Secretary of Health and Welfare Xavier Becerra acknowledged the complexity of the situation on Tuesday.
Becerra told reporters that federal law requires U.S. health agencies to allow abortion drugs in exceptional circumstances, such as when a woman’s life is at stake or in the case of sexual assault. Told.
But he says, “We’re going to stay within the limits of the law,” and finds out more about how aggressive the federal government is to combat abortion restrictions in the state except in these extreme cases. Refused to explain.
Biden Thursday, he Democratic-led efforts to suspend procedural rules in the Senate This makes it easier for lawmakers to codify the Roe v. Wade decision into federal law.
Evenly divided Chamber of Commerce Democrats have long sought to pass a bill that would make Roe’s decision federal law. Most bills require a simple majority to pass, but Republicans have been able to thwart attempts to codify Roe by calling filibuster.
Suspending that rule, which is considered a political and legislative “nuclear option,” is for Democrats because it could do the same if it regains its Senate in the November midterm elections. It is dangerous.
Anyway, Biden’s suspension support may not be enough. Filibuster can be changed with a simple majority vote, but not behind the idea that all Senate Democrats throw out a way to check the future Republican majority.
For example, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona have stated that they oppose changes to the filibuster rules.