Leading Democratic women request Biden to protect abortion rights

Leading Democratic women request Biden to protect abortion rights.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has increased political tensions between the federal government and states.

As a result, leading Democratic women have urged President Joe Biden and Congress to maintain abortion rights statewide.

After the high court overturned the landmark 1973 decision that recognized women’s constitutional right to abortion, two Democratic progressives, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, urged Biden to use federal land as a haven for the procedure in states that ban or severely restrict the procedure.

Stacey Abrams, a Democrat running for governor of Georgia, encouraged Democrats in Congress to repeal the U.S. Senate filibuster rule and pass legislation codifying Roe v. Wade after Republicans blocked a similar move last month.

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“We know the insidious practice of removing constitutional rights and enabling each state to determine the quality of your citizenship is wrong,” Abrams said on CNN’s State of the Union. “We know that the right to choose should not be divvied among states.”

In a different interview with Fox News Sunday, she said, “I would dispute the concept that this is the will of the people.”

Democrats encouraged Biden to take up a significant new court battle that his administration had signaled it would engage in to protect women’s access to a medication used for medical abortion against state attempts to outlaw its availability.

Republican South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem vowed to uphold her state’s ban on postal abortion pills. However, South Dakota is one of 13 conservative states with “trigger” abortion laws that are now in place or about to go into force.

Gretchen Whitmer, the Democratic governor of Michigan, urged the Biden administration to do all within its power to protect reproductive rights and has launched a lawsuit to block the enforcement of a harsh state abortion ban from 1931.