Alabama Cites Supreme Court Abortion Decision in Transgender Youth Case

Just days after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade,  Alabama has cited that ruling in a bid to outlaw parents from obtaining puberty blockers and certain other medical treatment for their transgender children.

The citation came in an appeal by Alabama’s attorney general seeking to lift a federal court injunction that partially blocked enforcement of a newly enacted state ban on medical interventions for transgender youths.

The appeal is believed to mark the first time a state has expressly invoked the recent Supreme Court opinion overturning its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion and applied the same reasoning to a separate issue bearing on other rights.

Echoing the high court’s language in striking down Roe, the Alabama appeal filed on Monday argued that the state has the authority to outlaw puberty-blocking hormones and other therapies for transgender minors in part because they are not “deeply rooted in our history or traditions.”

The appeal also asserted that such treatments are dangerous and experimental.

The decision from the Supreme Court on June 24 immediately paved the way for numerous states to enact measures banning or restricting abortions.

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito said in the majority opinion that the abortion ruling should not cast “doubt on precedents that do not concern abortion.” But Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that the same legal reasoning should be used to reconsider high court rulings protecting same-sex marriage, gay sex, and contraceptives.

The Alabama law, passed by a Republican-dominated legislature, was blocked from enforcement in May, less than a week after it went into effect, in a preliminary injunction issued by U.S. District Judge Liles Burke, an appointee of former Republican President Donald Trump.

Burke held that higher court rulings made clear that parents have a right to direct the medical care of their children if it meets acceptable standards and that transgender people are protected against discrimination under federal law.

Burke left in place the part of the law banning sex-altering surgeries and other provisions prohibiting school officials from keeping certain gender-identity information secret from parents.

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Texas Supreme Court Blocks Order That Resumed Abortions

The Texas Supreme Court blocked a lower court order late Friday night that said clinics could continue performing abortions, just days after some doctors had resumed seeing patients after the fall of Roe v. Wade.

It was not immediately clear whether Texas clinics that had resumed seeing patients this week would halt services again. A hearing is scheduled for later this month.

The whiplash of Texas clinics turning away patients, rescheduling them, and now potentially canceling appointments again — all in the span of a week — illustrated the confusion and scrambling taking place across the country since Roe was overturned.

An order by a Houston judge earlier this week had reassured some clinics they could temporarily resume abortions up to six weeks into pregnancy. That was quickly followed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asking the state’s highest court, which is stocked with nine Republican justices, to temporarily put the order on hold.

“These laws are confusing, unnecessary, and cruel,” said Marc Hearron, attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights, after the order was issued Friday night.

Clinics in Texas had stopped performing abortions in the state of nearly 30 million people after the U.S. Supreme Court last week overturned Roe v. Wade and ended the constitutional right to abortion. Texas had technically left an abortion ban on the books for the past 50 years while Roe was in place.

A copy of Friday’s order was provided by attorneys for Texas clinics. It could not immediately be found on the court’s website.

Abortion providers and patients across the country have been struggling to navigate the evolving legal landscape around abortion laws and access.

In Florida, a law banning abortions after 15 weeks went into effect Friday, the day after a judge called it a violation of the state constitution and said he would sign an order temporarily blocking the law next week. The ban could have broader implications in the South, where Florida has wider access to the procedure than its neighbors.

Abortion rights have been lost and regained in the span of a few days in Kentucky. A so-called trigger law imposing a near-total ban on the procedure took effect last Friday, but a judge blocked the law Thursday, meaning the state’s only two abortion providers can resume seeing patients — for now.

The legal wrangling is almost certain to continue to cause chaos for Americans seeking abortions in the near future, with court rulings able to upend access at a moment’s notice and an influx of new patients from out of state overwhelming providers.

Even when women travel outside states with abortion bans in place, they may have fewer options to end their pregnancies as the prospect of prosecution follows them.

Planned Parenthood of Montana this week stopped providing medication abortions to patients who live in states with bans “to minimize potential risk for providers, health center staff, and patients in the face of a rapidly changing landscape.”

Planned Parenthood North Central States, which offers the procedure in Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska, is telling its patients that they must take both pills in the regimen in a state that allows abortions.

The use of abortion pills has been the most common method to end a pregnancy since 2000, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved mifepristone — the main drug used in medication abortions. Taken with misoprostol, a drug that causes cramping that empties the womb, it constitutes the abortion pill.

“There’s a lot of confusion and concern that the providers may be at risk, and they are trying to limit their liability so they can provide care to people who need it,” said Dr. Daniel Grossman, who directs the research group Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health at the University of California San Francisco.

Emily Bisek, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood North Central States, said that in an “unknown and murky” legal environment, they decided to tell patients they must be in a state where it is legal to complete the medication abortion — which requires taking two drugs 24 to 48 hours apart. She said most patients from states with bans are expected to opt for surgical abortions.

Access to the pills has become a key battle in abortion rights, with the Biden administration preparing to argue states can’t ban a medication that has received FDA approval.

Kim Floren, who operates an abortion fund in South Dakota called Justice Empowerment Network, said the development would further limit women’s choices.

“The purpose of these laws anyways is to scare people,” Floren said of states’ bans on abortions and telemedicine consultations for medication abortions. “The logistics to actually enforcing these is a nightmare, but they rely on the fact that people are going to be scared.”

A South Dakota law took effect Friday that threatens a felony punishment for anyone who prescribes medication for an abortion without a license from the South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners.

In Alabama, Attorney General Steve Marshall’s office said it is reviewing whether people or groups could face prosecution for helping women fund and travel to out-of-state abortion appointments.

Yellowhammer Fund, an Alabama-based group that helps low-income women cover abortion and travel costs, said it is pausing operation for two weeks because of the lack of clarity under state law.

“This is a temporary pause, and we’re going to figure out how we can legally get you money and resources and what that looks like,” said Kelsea McLain, Yellowhammer’s health care access director.

Laura Goodhue, executive director of the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, said staff members at its clinics have seen women driving from as far as Texas without stopping — or making an appointment. Women who are past 15 weeks were being asked to leave their information and promised a call back if a judge signs the order temporarily blocking the restriction, she said.

Still, there is concern that the order may be only temporary and the law may again go into effect later, creating additional confusion.

“It’s terrible for patients,” she said. “We are really nervous about what is going to happen.”

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Democrats Swiftly Raised $80M After Court Overturned Roe

In the first week after the Supreme Court stripped away a woman’s constitutional right to have an abortion, Democrats and aligned groups raised more than $80 million, a tangible early sign that the ruling may energize voters.

But party officials say donors are giving much of that money to national campaigns and causes instead of races for state office, where abortion policy will now be shaped as a result of the court’s decision. That’s where Republicans wield disproportionate power after more than a decade of plunging money and resources into critical but often-overlooked contests.

The fundraising disparity offers an example of how a lack of long-term planning can lead to both a structural disadvantage and an exasperated Democratic base. Short of the votes to pass legislation through a gridlocked and narrowly divided Congress, the right to abortion now appears to be the latest issue ceded largely to the states. That’s after failed Democratic efforts to expand voting rights, limit gerrymandering and significantly stiffen gun laws.

“We can no longer afford Democrats’ systemic neglect of down-ballot races — not when Republicans are eager to intrude on our health care decisions, bedrooms and marriages,” said Gabrielle Chew, a spokesperson for the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, which helps finance state legislative races. “This should be a wake-up call.”

The massive $80 million fundraising haul was recorded by ActBlue, the Democrats’ online fundraising platform, which has a ticker that shows in real time the money passing through the organization. ActBlue took in over $20 million in the first 24 hours after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that determined abortion was a constitutional right. By Tuesday, the group had processed more than $51 million in donations, and by Friday, the total had reached $80 million.

In fact, all major Democratic campaign committees reported a surge in contributions after the ruling, including those working on state-level as well as federal races. Planned Parenthood did, too. But few have been willing to release hard numbers.

WinRed, the online fundraising portal for the Republican Party, did not respond to an inquiry about the party’s fundraising since the court’s decision.

The fundraising disparity is nothing new between Democratic groups working for state candidates and those focusing on national issues after a defining moment. For example, ActBlue took in more than $71 million in just 24 hours after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, little of which went to groups working on state-level campaigns.

Consider the case of Democratic National Committee Chair Jaime Harrison, who in 2020 shattered fundraising records in his long-shot bid to oust Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and head to Congress in Washington. Harrison ended up losing the race by more than 10 points. He raised more than $57 million in the closing months of his campaign, including one 24-hour period in which he raised over $1 million.

But it’s a different story for statehouses. The Democratic Governors Association announced it had raised $200,000 online after the court’s decision last week. The organization said Thursday that it was on pace to raise $1 million before the start of the long Fourth of July weekend.

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, which raises money for state races across the country, declined to say how much it has taken in since the court decision. But its past fundraising figures demonstrate how under-resourced the group is.

The DLCC raised $650,000 in the 48 hours after a leaked copy of the court’s decision surfaced in May. Earlier this year, it celebrated when announcing it had raised nearly $6 million in the final three months of last year.

Its GOP counterpart, the Republican State Leadership Committee, raised more than twice that during the same period last year.

“When Democrats [spend] 1-to-1 with Republicans in legislative races, we win them,” said Greg Goddard, a Florida Democrat who raises money for national and state campaigns. “But when it’s 3-to-1 or 4-to-1, we get clobbered.”

Amanda Litman, co-founder of the group Run For Something, which recruits candidates to run for school boards, city councils and legislatures, said Democrats have a woeful track record when it comes to investing in down-ballot races that also build a bench of future talent.

“The worst laws are going to come from the reddest states, and they are not going to stay in those red state borders. So what are you going to do to mitigate the harm?” Litman said after the abortion ruling. “I want to see Joe Biden doing fundraisers for the DLCC and the DGA.”

The Democratic fundraising ecosystem typically rewards social media stars, those who appear on popular liberal shows, like Rachel Maddow, or candidates who go viral online. That’s exceedingly difficult for candidates in races that don’t draw much attention away from home, like most legislative contests.

Meanwhile, big dollar donors have historically donated to national candidates, or groups focused on the presidency or Congress.

Still, some Democrats bristle at the suggestion that down-ballot races don’t get enough attention.

Sam Newton, a spokesperson for the governors association, said it has its own success story to tell. Democratic candidates in key states saw major donation surges after the court decision, he said. The group has also closed a 2-to-1 fundraising gap with Republicans that existed less than a decade ago, reaching parity last year.

Planned Parenthood is part of a joint effort with the abortion rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America and EMILY’s List, which supports women running for office, that plans to spend $150 million up and down the ballot in the 2022 midterms, said Jenny Lawson, executive director of Planned Parenthood Votes.

Governors’ races will be a major focus, she said, citing Michigan and Wisconsin, in particular, where decades-old laws banning abortion are still on the books. (Michigan’s law dates to 1931; Wisconsin’s to 1849.) Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, both Democrats, are facing tough reelection battles.

“Those governors have stood in front of these Republican legislatures who want nothing more than to ban abortion and they have said ‘no,'” said Lawson. “These governors are on the front line, and we need to protect them.”

But others are skeptical that the effort will trickle down outside of high-profile races.

Litman said some party donors are warming up to the idea of giving to down-ballot contests. But there remains a culture in the party, particularly among megadonors, of chasing the “bright, shiny object,” she said. Republicans, meanwhile, treat political giving as a “business investment: you get your judges and tax cuts” and “you spend money patiently knowing it will pay off,” she said.

“We have to balance our short-term immediate electoral goals with a long-term mission to win back these seats,” Litman said.

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New York Moves to Bolster Abortion Access, Strengthen ‘Affirmative Action’

The New York State legislature has passed an “equal rights” amendment to the state Constitution that would bolster protections for “affirmative action” programs and strengthen a woman’s right to abortion by treating denial of the procedure as an act of discrimination based on sex.

The Equal Rights Amendment (S.8797B), which passed the state legislature on July 1, seeks to modify the New York State Constitution by adding a new section that expands the list of classes protected against discrimination and stipulating that one of these classes includes the right to abortion.

“This amendment clarifies that any state action that discriminates against a person based on a pregnancy outcome is a sex-based classification,” states the preamble to the amendment.

“The State shall not use its police power or power of the purse to burden, limit, or favor any type of reproductive decision making,” it adds.

‘Codifying the Right to an Abortion’

Currently, Section 11 of the Bill of Rights of the New York State Constitution contains a provision that tracks the wording of the federal equal protection clause and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, or religion.

The new amendment goes beyond that, introducing additional protected classes by also barring discrimination based on ethnicity, national origin, disability, and sex including pregnancy and pregnancy outcomes, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

The preamble makes clear that it considers discrimination based on pregnancy—including abortion—a type of discrimination based on sex and that it seeks to strengthen abortion access by treating “the failure to provide reasonable accommodations” to those seeking to terminate an unwanted pregnancy as an act of discrimination.

Before it becomes law, the amendment still needs to pass again in the next legislative session before being put to a referendum for final approval.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul hailed the passage of the amendment, which comes on the heels of the recent Supreme Court decision that removed federal protections for abortion.

“In light of the horrifying Supreme Court decision to strip away reproductive rights, New York State is taking an unprecedented step toward codifying the right to an abortion in our State Constitution,” Hochul said in a statement.

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Sending the Wrong Message

Kristen Curran, director of government relations for the New York State Catholic Conference, had a critical take on the amendment, arguing that it sends the wrong message on abortion while failing to provide meaningful support to women, children, and families.

“Unfortunately, this bill solidifies the message that New York has been sending women for some time now: Abortion is positive, empowering, and the key to success. This couldn’t be further from the truth,” Curran said in a statement.

“Women, children, and their families deserve support and compassion,” she continued. “Baby formula is scarce, raising a family is unaffordable, and the fallout from the pandemic continues to take its toll. New York State should be pouring resources into helping women and families, not promoting abortion through limitless funding, advertisements, and splashy legislation.”

Boost for ‘Affirmative Action’

Besides seeking to enshrine the right to abortion in the state constitution, the amendment also includes language that expands the definition of discrimination to include not just “intent” but also “effect.”

New York courts have thus far interpreted the state constitution in line with federal equal protections provisions, banning only discrimination that is intentional in nature.

“This amendment goes beyond that by prohibiting discriminatory impacts that result from the actions of government, thus providing a critical legal tool to dismantle acts that in effect perpetuate and/or result in inequality. Enabling the law to recognize disparate impact is a necessary step to eliminate systems of inequality,” the amendment preamble states.

This suggests a shifting of the goal posts in the equal rights debate towards an “equality of outcome” position that critics of progressive policies would argue goes beyond providing a level playing field and amounts to active promotion of the interest of favored groups.

A statement from the New York Senate Majority (pdf) appears to say as much, stating that, “this amendment preserves laws designed to prevent or dismantle discrimination on the basis of these characteristics such as affirmative action.”

Further, the amendment preamble says the legislation reflects “a commitment and pathway to eradicate the systemic racism that is woven through the fabric of our society,” which could raise red flags for some conservatives.

The notion that America’s institutions and social structures are marred by systemic racism is a question of fierce debate and controversy, with those on the right tending to dismiss the idea as a vehicle for reverse discrimination and creeping socialism.

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New York Moves to Enshrine Abortion Rights in State Constitution

New York moved to enshrine abortion rights and access to contraception in its constitution Friday, becoming a vanguard in the pushback against a seismic ruling by the country’s Supreme Court that upended reproductive rights nationwide.

The state Senate “advanced the first passage of an amendment to codify the right to an abortion and the right to contraception in the State Constitution,” it said in a statement.

New York state law already permits abortions, so the move would add an extra layer of legal protection for the procedure.

The amendment also seeks to “update the existing Equal Rights Amendment to extend current protections to several new classes, including on the basis of sex, disability, national origin, ethnicity, and age,” it said.

After passing the Senate, the legislation will next go to the state Assembly, where it is expected to be passed.

Voters will then cast their ballot on it directly in a referendum.

Conservatives in the United States have been working for decades to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that said the Constitution provides for a right to an abortion.

Last month they got their wish when the court’s new conservative majority overturned Roe with a decision that was widely expected, but nonetheless ignited nationwide protests and brought international condemnation.

The decision handed power back to the states to make their own rules on abortion, and up to half are expected to ban or severely restrict it.

Others have declared themselves abortion “sanctuaries” and vowed to protect the right, as well as other rights such as gay marriage which progressives now fear are in the court’s sights.

“The reversal of Roe v. Wade made it clear that New York State must continue to stand up and be a national leader to protect women and individual rights,” said New York Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a Democrat, in the statement.

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President Biden Concedes Dems Don’t Have Filibuster Votes to Codify Abortion Bill

President Joe Biden acknowledged Friday the Democrats lack the votes to overcome the legislative filibuster and then pass abortion rights legislation, while adding the party should instead focus on picking up Senate seats in the November midterms.

Biden’s comments come on the heels of Democratic Party senators calling for a change to filibuster rules, which require 60 votes to end debates on most legislation.

Such a move would enable lawmakers to pass legislation codifying Roe v. Wade, the abortion ruling which was overturned by the Supreme Court last week (a 5-4 decision).  

“Ultimately, Congress is going to have to act to codify Roe into federal law,” Biden said on Friday, during a virtual meeting with Democratic governors on reproductive rights.

“The filibuster should not stand in the way of us being able to do that, but right now we don’t have the votes in the Senate to change the filibuster,” conceded Biden. “That means we need two more votes” in the Senate. 

The Senate status is currently deadlocked at 50-50, between Republicans and Democrats.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., have previously expressed opposition to changing the filibuster rules and reportedly reiterated their respective stances to White House personnel on Thursday.

During his meeting with the governors, Biden repeatedly stated he thought Republicans would try to ban abortion nationwide, if they achieve majorities in the House and Senate for the midterm elections.

“This is going to go one way or the other after November,” said the president.  

While speaking to Newsmax host Bianca de la Garza on Friday, Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., said Democrats know abortion rights aren’t a slam-dunk issue with Americans come November, given how a Rasmussen poll suggests half the country supports the recent Supreme Court rulings.

“[Democrats] can’t even say the word ‘abortion’ because it’s so vastly unpopular in large sections of America. And yet, they’re using it as a way to prime the vote in November. It’s their one issue,” said Buck while appearing on “American Agenda.”

Buck continued, “The Dobbs decision [6-3 vote] allows the state legislatures to make decisions. That’s where the decisions should be made, and that’s where the legislation should occur.

“Stepping in and guaranteeing a one-size-fits-all [answer] to abortion is wrong. [Democrats] know it’s wrong. They know it’s unpopular. But they’re going to try to get their base stimulated,” Buck said.

During Friday’s virtual conference, Biden heard from nine Democrat governors, including Kathy Hochul of New York, Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico and Roy Cooper of North Carolina, about the steps needed to protect access to abortion in their states.  

Citing one example, Hochul discussed her plans to enshrine abortion rights into the state’s constitution and subsequently shield providers and women from out-of-state lawsuits. 

Hochul, who’s running for reelection in New York’s gubernatorial race this November, also argued that Biden could do more with his executive authority, such as using federal facilities like Veterans Affairs hospitals for abortion services.

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Google Deleting Abortion Clinic Visits in Roe Reversal’s Wake

Tech giant Google announced Friday that it will now delete users’ abortion clinic, domestic violence shelter or abuse center visits from the Location History part of its service, following the U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn 1973’s Roe v. Wade ruling making abortion legal nationwide.

“Location History is a Google account setting that is off by default, and for those that turn it on, we provide simple controls like auto-delete so users can easily delete parts, or all, of their data at any time,” the company said in a statement Friday. “Some of the places people visit — including medical facilities like counseling centers, domestic violence shelters, abortion clinics, fertility centers, addiction treatment facilities, weight loss clinics, cosmetic surgery clinics and others — can be particularly personal. Today, we’re announcing that if our systems identify that someone has visited one of these places, we will delete these entries from Location History soon after they visit.”

The high court announced its ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization June 24 that reconsidered the 1973 landmark ruling as well as the 1992 Casey decision upholding the right to an abortion.

The decision stated that a right to abortion is not found in the Constitution and that it should be returned to the individual states to decide.

More than a dozen states had “trigger laws” in place that would outright ban or severely restrict abortions if Roe were overturned.

Amid the backlash from pro-abortion activists to the ruling, a number of other states with more liberal abortion policies opened their borders to women living in the more restrictive states seeking the procedure.

Attorney General Merrick Garland said the Department of Justice would do all that it could to ensure women crossing state lines to get the procedure would be protected under federal law.

“We recognize that traveling to obtain reproductive care may not be feasible in many circumstances. But under bedrock constitutional principles, women who reside in states that have banned access to comprehensive reproductive care must remain free to seek that care in states where it is legal,” Garland’s statement following the ruling said. “Moreover, under fundamental First Amendment principles, individuals must remain free to inform and counsel each other about the reproductive care that is available in other states.”

Megan Graham, a lawyer at the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at the University of California at Berkeley who advises public defense lawyers on tech and privacy issues, told The Washington Post Friday that she hopes the company will also fight to keep the data private should a governmental agency seek it out.

“I hope if Google does make the decision to start pushing back when they get these, whether that’s in the abortion context or otherwise, that they do so in public,” Graham said. “Google’s voice is obviously important in the discussion because they have the data and they are the ones running he searches but their interests are not necessarily the same as the general public, or people who are concerned about privacy rights.”

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Rep. Reschenthaler to Newsmax: Chaos at Border, Abortion Issue Pushing Hispanics Right

Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Pa., told Newsmax on Friday that Hispanics are fleeing to the Republican Party in record numbers because of the Biden administration’s record of “chaos at the southern border” and support for “abortion on demand.”

During an appearance on “The Chris Salcedo Show,” Reschenthaler emphasized that these two reasons were causing an exodus among minority groups from the Democratic Party and would “haunt the Democrats in the 2022 election, in the 2024 election.”

“We hear people say, ad nauseam, that demographics is destiny. I can tell you that if Republicans get the majority of the Hispanic vote, the Democrats will not be a national party,” Reschenthaler said. “It will be a party that will be relegated to the coasts and Chicago.”

The Pennsylvania congressman further mentioned that American voters “don’t care” about President Joe Biden’s rhetoric on inflation as a global issue, pointing out that when ordinary people go to the gas pump, they understand what caused it.

“Of course, the world is having an inflation problem because the United States is having an inflation issue,” Reschenthaler noted. “Last time I checked, we’re the reserve currency. So, it only stands to reason that the rest of the world, which is using the U.S. dollar as a reserved currency, is going to be experiencing inflation.”

“At the end of the day, voters don’t care what groceries cost in France,” he continued. “They care what it costs right here in the United States.”

Reschenthaler referenced the ongoing Jan. 6 committee hearings as a “kangaroo court” and “show trial” lacking legitimate Republican cross-examination.

“Remember, [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi [D-Calif.] refused to have [Reps.] Jim Banks [of Indiana] and Jim Jordan [of Ohio] on the committee, so [House Minority Leader] Kevin McCarthy [R-Calif.] pulled all the Republicans,” he stated.

The congressman also said he did not consider Reps. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Liz Cheney of Wyoming as “there to defend the conservative agenda.”

“So, in essence, there’s no conservative opposition to the Democrats,” Reschenthaler suggested.


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Biden Warns Dem Govs a GOP-Led Congress Will Aim to Curb Abortion Nationwide

President Joe Biden told Democratic governors Friday that he is “looking at all the alternatives” for protecting abortion access following the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

One day after returning from international summits in Europe, Biden described the ruling as “tragic” and warned that Republicans could try to enact a nationwide ban on abortion if they retake control of Congress. He urged Democrats to elect at least two more senators so they could create an exception to the filibuster and codify in law the protections that had been provided under Roe v. Wade.

At least two Democratic senators, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, have blocked efforts to sidestep the filibuster. The party would need unanimous backing from the Senate’s 48 Democrats and two allied independents, plus the tie-breaking vote of Vice President Kamala Harris, to make that rules change over solid GOP opposition.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul suggested that Biden consider having abortions performed at federal facilities like Veterans Affairs hospitals or military bases in states that restrict abortions.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Native American tribes, which have a level of sovereignty over their own lands, could also be valuable partners.

“We’re in the process of looking at all the alternatives,” Biden said.

However, he did not make any announcements. Some activists and Democrats have been frustrated by what they consider an overly cautious approach from the administration, especially since the court decision has been expected since a draft leaked nearly two months ago.

The justice’s June 24 ruling overturned a 1973 decision that had declared a constitutional right to abortion. Each state will now determine whether the procedure can be performed.

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Washington Gov. Forbids Aiding in Out-of-State Abortion Probes

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday issued a directive prohibiting state patrol from aiding in out-of-state abortion investigations after the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

“Washington is and will remain a sanctuary for any person seeking abortion care and services in our state, but we must act to protect our rights and our values,” Inslee wrote in his directive. “To that end, it is critical that our law enforcement agencies not cooperate in any manner with any out-of-state investigation, prosecution, or other legal action based on another state’s law that is inconsistent with Washington’s protections of the right to choose abortion and provide abortion-related care.”

The directive comes a week after Washington, along with Oregon and California, announced a multi-state commitment to defend access to reproductive health care, including abortion and contraceptives.

“Abortion is health care, and no matter who you are or where you come from, Oregon doesn’t turn away anyone seeking health care. Period. Let me be clear: You cannot ban abortion, you can only ban safe abortions — and this disgraceful Supreme Court decision will undoubtedly put many people’s lives at risk, in addition to stripping away a constitutional right that disproportionately affects women and has been settled law for most of our lifetimes,” said Oregon Gov. Kate Brown.

“For all the Americans today feeling scared, angry and disappointed — for everyone who needs an abortion and does not know where they can access safe reproductive health care –– please know you are not alone, and the fight is not over.”

Inslee’s announcement directs the Washington State Patrol to decline cooperation with most subpoenas, search warrants or court orders from states with laws that ban or significantly restrict abortion access.

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