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Biden Anticipates That States Will Attempt to Arrest Women Who Travel to Obtain an Abortion!
(Reuters) – WASHINGTON, July 1 – President Joe Biden said on Friday that some U.S. states will try to arrest women who cross state lines to get abortions after the Supreme Court ruled that all women in the country no longer have a constitutional right to them.
After the Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling last week, “trigger laws” in 13 Republican-led states banned or severely limited the procedure. If a woman in one of those states wants an abortion, she might have to go to another state where it is still legal.
Convening a virtual meeting on abortion rights with Democratic state governors on Friday, Biden said he thinks “people are gonna be shocked when the first state … tries to arrest a woman for crossing a state line to get health services.”
He added: “I don’t think anyone thinks that will happen. But it’s going to happen, and everyone in the country is going to know that this is a huge deal that affects all of your basic rights “.
Biden said the federal government will act to protect women who need to cross state lines to get an abortion and ensure their access to medication in states where it’s banned.
Michelle Lujan Grisham, the governor of New Mexico, told the meeting that her state “will not cooperate” with any plans to punish women who have had abortions by tracking them down. “We won’t send them back,” she said.
Women’s groups that support abortion rights have filed bills in several states to protect the right of women to end pregnancies.
Since then, judges in Florida, Louisiana, Texas, and Utah have stopped their states from enforcing new, strict abortion laws. On Friday, the highest court in Ohio, which is run by Republicans, refused to stop the state from enforcing an abortion ban.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul told the group that the health of women across the country will have to be taken care of by “just a handful of states.”
“There is such stress out there,” Hochul said. “It is a matter of life and death for American women,” she added.
Biden also told the group that there were not enough votes in the Senate to get rid of a rule called the filibuster, which requires a supermajority vote,so that Roe v. Wade’s protections could be written into law.
He had asked senators to get rid of the filibuster, but key Democratic lawmakers’ staffers told him that wasn’t a good idea.
“The filibuster should not stop us from putting Roe into law,” Biden said.
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