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Biden predicts states will try to arrest women who travel for abortions

World Jul 02, 2022 03:15PM ET
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By Jeff Mason and Rami Ayyub

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -President Joe Biden predicted on Friday that some U.S. states will try to arrest women for crossing state lines to get abortions after the Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to the procedures nationwide.

Thirteen Republican-led states banned or severely restricted the procedure under so-called "trigger laws" after the court struck down the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling last week. Women in those states seeking an abortion may have to travel to states where it remains legal.

Convening a virtual meeting on abortion rights with Democratic state governors on Friday, Biden said he thinks "people are gonna be shocked when the first state ... tries to arrest a woman for crossing a state line to get health services."

He added: "And I don't think people believe that's gonna happen. But it's gonna happen, and it's gonna telegraph to the whole country that this is a gigantic deal that goes beyond; I mean, it affects all your basic rights".

Biden said the federal government will act to protect women who need to cross state lines to get an abortion and ensure their access to medication in states where it's banned.

New Mexico's governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, told the meeting her state "will not cooperate" on any attempts to track down women who have had abortions to punish them. "We will not extradite," she said.

Abortion rights groups have filed legislation in multiple states seeking to preserve the ability of women to terminate pregnancies.

Judges in Florida, Louisiana, Texas and Utah have since issued decisions preventing those states from enforcing new restrictive abortion laws, while Ohio's top court on Friday declined to block the Republican-led state from enforcing an abortion ban. [L1N2YI1AD]

New York Governor Kathy Hochul told the group that "just a handful of states" are going to have to take care of health of women across the country.

"There is such stress out there," Hochul said. "It is a matter of life and death for American women," she added.

Biden also told the group there were not enough votes in the Senate to scrap a supermajority rule known as the filibuster to codify Roe v. Wade's protections into law.

He had proposed that senators remove the filibuster but the suggestion was shot down by aides to key Democratic lawmakers.

"(The) filibuster should not stand in the way of us being able to (codify Roe)," Biden said.

Biden predicts states will try to arrest women who travel for abortions
 

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Mehdi Captain Music
Mehdi Captain Music Jul 05, 2022 3:14AM ET
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I suggest using C-ondoms instead of arresting people and ruining their lives.
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Mehdi Captain Music Jul 05, 2022 3:11AM ET
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An 80-year-old president or leader or any kind of position, doesn't care about the next 100 years.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jul 05, 2022 3:11AM ET
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Quite the opposite, as you will one day know if you reach that age, God willing. It is the younger man who rarely appreciates the long arc of history. An older man known there is little left for him personally and all that's left is to give to future generations.
gab nea
gab nea Jul 04, 2022 5:30PM ET
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vote every Republican out now!
Co Gonz
Co Gonz Jul 04, 2022 5:30PM ET
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Why so your economy can get wirse? Uay higher gas and food prices
Samantha
Samantha Jul 04, 2022 9:45AM ET
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Next in the pipeline is the independent state legislator theory (ISL) that aborts voters from the electoral process. Similar to China, ISL authorizes state legislators to control the outcome of presidential and Senate elections. Their votes would count, your vote reduced to a symbolic gesture would not.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jul 04, 2022 9:45AM ET
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This is what the Trump seditionists thought they could pull off.
Samantha
Samantha Jul 04, 2022 9:45AM ET
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Brad Albright Yes and with a Supreme Court veering to finish the job for them.
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Brad Albright Jul 04, 2022 9:45AM ET
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True, but not on many people's radar, unfortunately.
Benoit Avril
Benoit Avril Jul 03, 2022 4:16AM ET
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I don't think it's doable. At all. I would not be surprised if those judges from the Supreme Court sent a message to not touch Trump.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jul 03, 2022 4:16AM ET
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Sent a message? To whom?
Cheryl Burnett
Cheryl Burnett Jul 02, 2022 7:07PM ET
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these days you can buy pregnancytests in the drugstore. What is biden planning? for every woman to be mandatory to do a pragnancytest befor and after every flight?
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jul 02, 2022 7:07PM ET
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You are confused. It is the states that don't want women to have abortions that would impose such a test.
Adrian White
Adrian White Jul 02, 2022 7:07PM ET
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Cheryl, read the article (or even the headline) again. You clearly misunderstood.
John Laurens
John Laurens Jul 02, 2022 4:54PM ET
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John Laurens Jul 02, 2022 4:53PM ET
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What a complete ********
Ben VB
Ben VB Jul 02, 2022 4:53PM ET
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YEP
Red Maple
Red Maple Jul 02, 2022 10:41AM ET
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Red States will be jailing pregnant women who try to travel across state lines. All pregnant women will be tracked. Medical records will reviewed be govt agents. Privacy is dead.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jul 02, 2022 10:41AM ET
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But at least I can take my gun to the grocery store. Freedom! /s
Benoit Avril
Benoit Avril Jul 02, 2022 10:41AM ET
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Do you think they will track every woman who buy a pregnancy test, or will they forbid the sales of pregnancy tests? I don't see how you can do it. Even if you are pregnant and the state knows it, by whatever miracle, if you just want to travel to another state, how could you forbid it?
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jul 02, 2022 10:41AM ET
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A state may not be able to forbid it in advance, but they could convict you for it after. Isn't that the way most laws work? They don't prevent you from an act, but they punish you if you commit it.
Co Gonz
Co Gonz Jul 02, 2022 10:41AM ET
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Brad Albright and they would know how?? How exactly would they get this information? PP doesn’t publish their customer data.. let’s be realistic here
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jul 02, 2022 10:41AM ET
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My friend, please acquaint yourself with US jurisprudence before shouting your ignorance.
Will Bowers
Will Bowers Jul 02, 2022 10:29AM ET
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He is just reading his Q card from his handlers.
 
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