AOC and Warren Advocate Opening Abortion Clinics on Federal Land in Red States

Under pressure to respond forcefully to the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Roe v. WadeOn Monday, Vice President Kamala Harris stated that the White House does not discuss the idea of using federal property in order to provide abortion services to those who live in states that have already banned or are considering banning the procedure.

During an interview with them, we were specifically asked about the proposal. CNN’s Dana Bash, Harris initially dodged the question, saying the Biden administration is looking to “do everything we can to empower women to not only seek but to receive the care where it is available.”

When Bash followed up, Harris said the idea is “not right now what we are discussing.”

“We are 130-odd days away from an election, which is going to include Senate races,” Harris added. “Part of the issue here is the court is acting, and now Congress needs to act.”

The vice president did say the White House is exploring options to guarantee that pregnant people have “access to the medication they need” and “freedom of travel” as Republican-controlled states look to restrict their residents’ ability to obtain abortion care across state lines.

After Harris’ interview aired, an unnamed White House official told Insider that “while this [federal lands] proposal is well-intentioned, it could put women and providers at risk.”

“And importantly, in states where abortion is now illegal,” the official added, “women and providers who are not federal employees could be potentially be prosecuted.”

Numerous prominent Democratic lawmakers, including Senator Elizabeth Warren (D.Mass.), have called on the Biden administration to use all of its federal resources, including property, to provide access for abortion in Republican-led states. and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), have called on the Biden administration to urgently and creatively use all of the federal resources at its disposal—including property — to provide access to abortion in Republican-led states where it’s now outlawed.

Eight states, including Texas and Oklahoma, enacted total abortion bans almost immediately after the Supreme Court’s right-wing majority handed down its ruling ending RoeAs reproductive rights groups try to achieve their goals, other people will soon follow suit. fight backWith lawsuits and mass mobilizations.

Before Harris’ interview aired Monday, Warren suggestedBiden’s administration could consider setting up Planned Parenthood outposts near national parks. Utah, Texas, and South Dakota are among the Republican-led states where such a strategy could be deployed — almost certainly sparking legal pushback from GOP officials.

“They could put up tents, have trained personnel — and be there to help people who need it,” Warren told the Washington Post. “It’s time to declare a medical emergency.”

During a Friday rally in New York City, Ocasio-Cortez urged the Biden administration to “open abortion clinics on federal lands in red states right now,” an effort that would likely involve utilizing Defense Department and Veterans Affairs facilities.

The New York Democrat characterized such a move — one of several she’s urging the administration to take — as “the babiest of the babiest of the baby steps.”

As Vox’s Li Zhou explains, “Because federal lands aren’t subject to states’ civil laws and there’s room to interpret criminal laws, clinics could theoretically establish themselves on places like military bases without having to deal with a state’s bans.”

Zhou cites U.C. Khiara Bridges. Berkeley’s Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice, who said last month that “even though the land is inside the border of a state, it wouldn’t be governed by the laws of a state.”

The Supreme Court’s ruling on Friday forced a number of clinics in GOP-dominated states across the country to cease operations, leaving many people seeking abortions confused about their optionsAs a result, trigger bans were in effect.

In states such as Tennessee, trigger laws won’t become active for several weeks, causing a chaotic scramble among providers and patients. People might be forced to seek out help in states where abortion is prohibited. international telehealth companiesTo obtain medication abortion.

At some clinics, including Alamo Women’s Reproductive Services Clinic in San Antonio, patients had to be turned away on the morning of the high court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

“The Supreme Court made this decision today and, unfortunately, your geographical location affects your bodily autonomy,” Andrea Gallegos, the administrator of the San Antonio clinic, told patients waiting in the facility’s lobby.