Vanita Gupta on Supreme Court overturning Roe V. Wade: “The decision is absolutely devastating…We are going to look at every available tool using all of the tools that we have…But the reality is…our tools are not the same as Congress’s and Congress’s ability to pass the law.” pic.twitter.com/xvmV83lHbD
— Washington Post Live (@PostLive) June 28, 2022
… In a Dear Colleague letter released on Monday, Pelosi writes that she intends to bring several abortion measures to the floor. First, she will bring legislation that “protects women’s most intimate and personal data stored in reproductive health apps” to address fears that such information “could be used against women by a sinister prosecutor in a state that criminalizes abortion.” Pelosi is certainly right that Americans are worried about the government or big business accumulating data on them. Will Republicans allow the government to seize such personal information?
Second, Pelosi will bring forward legislation that makes clear “Americans have the Constitutional right to travel freely and voluntarily throughout the United States.” The targets here, of course, are red states where antiabortion zealots aim to reach beyond their borders by punishing women who seek abortions in other states.
Third, Pelosi will once more force a vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act, which she describes as the “landmark legislation to enshrine Roe v. Wade into the law of the land.” She might also consider bringing up legislation to correct some of the most egregious results of Republicans’ agenda. For example, how about a bill that ensures minors who are victims of rape and incest are guaranteed access to abortion? Or that allows a woman to end a pregnancy if it poses “serious health consequences”?
Pelosi is not stopping there. She writes: “In his disturbing concurrence, Justice Clarence Thomas confirmed many of our deepest fears about where this decision might lead: taking aim at additional long-standing precedent and cherished privacy rights, from access to contraception and in-vitro fertilization to marriage equality. Legislation is being introduced to further codify freedoms which Americans currently enjoy.”…
We should resurrect a mantra from the early 1970s: A government that can force you to give birth is a government that can force you to have an abortion.
Some good news, while (if) it lasts:
Abortions can resume in Texas after a judge blocked officials from enforcing a nearly century-old ban that was back in effect after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to the procedure across America https://t.co/BKyJWPH2dc pic.twitter.com/f8YddvWXi5
— Reuters (@Reuters) June 29, 2022
The clinic started calling patients as soon as they learned the TX pre-Roe ban had been blocked.
“Can you get here today?” an administrator asked each woman.
“Come as soon as you can,” she said, aware that the state could file an appeal at any moment.https://t.co/Bjo2pdI1lO
— Caroline Kitchener (@CAKitchener) June 29, 2022