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Becerra: Feds ‘considering’ helping women cross state lines for abortions


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Health and Social Services Sec. Xavier Becerra revealed that the federal government is exploring a range of options to support the ability to obtain an abortion, including possible access across state lines for women traveling out of state to seek the procedure. .

“We are exploring the possibility of working with others to ensure that if a woman tries to access the care she needs, it will support that,” Becerra said during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” sunday. “There are a lot of partners, public and private, looking at this. We are one of those partners.”

On June 24, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, thus ending the recognition of a constitutional right to abortion and giving each state the power to authorize, limit or completely ban the practice.

Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), at the CEO Summit of the Americas hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles, California, U.S., Wednesday, June 8, 2022.
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The decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization sent shockwaves across the country, prompting immediate protests in the Supreme Court and drawing both praise and condemnation.

Democrats immediately discussed a range of options to try to protect abortion rights, with President Biden floating the idea of ​​codifying Roe v. Wade into federal law.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., suggested the government instead try to protect abortion rights by building abortion clinics on federal land, selectively extending protections.

Becerra said his idea could prove “difficult”.

Becerra: Feds ‘considering’ helping women cross state lines for abortions

Abortion rights protesters gather outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, June 24, 2022. The Supreme Court ended constitutional abortion protections that had been in place for nearly 50 years, a ruling by its conservative majority to strike down the court’s landmark abortion cases.
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“I think we continue to explore everything that’s out there,” Becerra explained. “The difficulty is that just because it’s an idea doesn’t mean it can be put into practice.”

“And so what we want to make sure is that we can put it into practice because you have people who are in need of abortion care services right now,” he added.

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Becerra discussed the option of federally protecting access to the abortion pill, noting that federal drug protections should allow the government more flexibility in this vein.

Becerra: Feds ‘considering’ helping women cross state lines for abortions

Map of states that have laws “triggered” by the overthrow of Roe c. Wade.

“We want to make sure that medical abortion, currently available in America, continues to be accessible to those who need it most,” he said.

“We will continue to protect the federally required aspects of medical abortion, and we will do everything we can where possible, for example, in terms of emergency care, to ensure that women have access to the services they need.”

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Becerra stressed that he still believed the legal option to reinstate Roe v. Wade was possible, insisting the decision “wouldn’t last long.”

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer and Kelly Laco contributed to this report.

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