In Texas, we’re seeing the devastating impact of extreme abortion bans on women’s health. Yet Florida introduced its own extreme ban today.
Shameful and unacceptable. pic.twitter.com/THt3XbTKaJ
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@PressSec) March 7, 2023
Exclusive: The White House is jumping into state-level battles for women's reproductive rights, lending advice to allies in states pushing restrictions as the Biden administration seeks to make abortion access a rallying cry in next year's election https://t.co/o8hfJW0TVu
— Reuters (@Reuters) March 6, 2023
… The White House’s Gender Policy Council is spearheading the effort, along with an inter-governmental affairs team and Vice President Kamala Harris’s office, sources said. The groups regularly hold strategy meetings with local elected officials, activists and reproductive rights groups.
The White House has divided fights for abortion rights in states as politically divergent as Texas, New York and North Carolina into three broad categories and has established an approach for each, according to two White House officials and two advisers working on the issue.
“The goal of our strategy is fairly simple: it’s to support actions by state and local leaders to protect and expand access, but it’s also to fight restrictions,” said one of the officials…
To combat restrictions, the White House coordinates with national organizations working to defeat potential bans, is getting the vice president to travel to such states to bring stakeholders together and uses its press contacts to spotlight legislative fights at critical moments.
Harris, who won praise from grassroots Democrats for her frequent defense of abortion rights during the midterm campaign, is a key part of the current White House effort…
The White House sees three different approaches to defend abortions rights and has broken down states into what they call either “battleground,” “extremist” or “proactive” states, White House officials and advisors say.
The White House views “extremist states” as those that have already banned abortion and where there are plans for further restrictions such as Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Idaho, the officials said.
Most abortions are now banned in 13 states as new laws take effect following the Roe decision.
In what it calls “access battleground states,” the White House is tracking fights this legislative session that could reduce reproductive care access. These states include North Carolina, Nebraska, Florida, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal strategy.
In “proactive states” such as Michigan, Minnesota, New York, California, Connecticut, the White House is working with pro-abortion rights state lawmakers who are backing legislation with funding for women and protections for abortion patients and providers…
Focus on the issue helped energize Democratic voters and staved off some defeats for the party in the midterm elections.
Edison Research exit polls found that for one-quarter of voters, abortion was the primary concern and 61% opposed the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade.
Harris has spoken to 200 Democratic state legislators on reproductive rights and convened leaders from 38 states in dozens of meetings since the decision, the officials said.
Florida's proposed abortion ban is an attack on freedom. One does not have to abandon their deeply-held beliefs to say that the government should not tell people what to do with their bodies.
President Biden and I will not back down until we secure this right for every American. pic.twitter.com/Rq6fhQaX9v
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) March 8, 2023
Gah, abortion isn’t a “culture war” issue unless you make it one. Walgreen’s didn’t get “embroiled in the culture wars,” they chose to make a political decision on what is a medical issue. pic.twitter.com/48ZB4jC4Xd
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) March 8, 2023
First, it was pharmacists that didn’t want to fulfill prescriptions because of their religion, now this. Walgreens needs to stay out of politics, and just do their job! Walgreens drew a line on abortion-pill access and paying a price – The Washington Post https://t.co/i0GRAZRpIj
— TheDogLady (@QueenLavonia) March 8, 2023
This should be an unpaywalled link:
…The hashtag #boycottwalgreens has exploded on Twitter, fueled by abortion rights supporters who are angry over the pharmacy giant’s plans to refuse to dispense abortion pills in 21 states, including four states where abortion remains legal.
On the other side, antiabortion demonstrators disrupted the chain’s annual shareholder meeting and plan to continue protesting Walgreens for dispensing the drugs mifepristone and misoprostol anywhere. They are attempting to portray retail drugstores as a new version of abortion providers…
Walgreens scrambled to find a safe middle ground based on using legal criteria. But that’s a delicate task on such a historically divisive issue, and as rapidly shifting state laws and rules remain in dispute or face court challenges in multiple jurisdictions.
“We want to be very clear about what our position has always been,” Walgreens posted on Twitter late Monday night, a bid to recalibrate its message after four days of blistering criticism and a threat by California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), which he made good on Wednesday, to block Walgreens from receiving any state business. “Walgreens plans to dispense Mifepristone in any jurisdiction where it is legally permissible to do so.”…