Biden predicts states will try to stop women traveling for abortions

WASHINGTON, July 1 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden predicted on Friday that some U.S. states will try to arrest women for crossing state lines to have abortions after the Supreme Court struck down the constitutional right to procedures at national scale.

Thirteen Republican-run states have banned or severely restricted proceedings under so-called “trigger laws” after the court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade last week. Women from these states wishing to have an abortion may have to travel to states where it remains legal.

Hosting a virtual abortion rights meeting with Democratic state governors on Friday, Biden said he thinks “people are going to be shocked when the first state … tries to arrest a woman for crossing a line. ‘state to obtain health services’.

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He added: “And I don’t think people believe it’s going to happen. But it’s going to happen, and it’s going to telegraph the whole country that this is a gigantic deal that goes beyond; I mean, it affects all your fundamental rights”.

Biden said the federal government would act to protect women who must cross state lines to get abortions and ensure their access to drugs in states where they are banned.

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham told the meeting that her state “will not cooperate” with any attempt to hunt down women who have abortions to punish them. “We will not extradite,” she said.

Abortion rights groups have filed legislation in several states seeking to preserve women’s ability to terminate a pregnancy.

Judges in Florida, Louisiana, Texas and Utah have since issued rulings blocking those states from enforcing restrictive new abortion laws, while Ohio’s top court on Friday declined to rule. prevent the Republican-led state from enforcing an abortion ban. Read more

New York Governor Kathy Hochul told the group that “just a handful of states” are going to have to take care of women’s health across the country.

“There’s such stress there,” Hochul said. “It’s a matter of life and death for American women,” she added.

Biden also told the group that there weren’t enough votes in the Senate to scrap a supermajority rule known as the filibuster to codify Roe’s protections against Wade into law.

He had proposed that senators remove the filibuster, but the suggestion was rejected by aides to key Democratic lawmakers. Read more

“(The) filibuster shouldn’t stop us from being able to (codify Roe),” Biden said.

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Reporting by Rami Ayyub, Jeff Mason and Susan Heavey Editing by Alistair Bell

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