“We are exploring the opportunity to work with others to make sure that if a woman is trying to access that care that she needs, that will be supportive of that,” Becerra said during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. “There are a lot of partners, public and private, who are looking into this. We’re one of those partners.”
The Supreme Court on June 24 overturned Roe v. Wade, effectively ending recognition of a constitutional right to abortion and giving individual states the power to allow, limit, or ban the practice altogether.
The decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization sent shock waves across the country, stirring immediate protests outside the Supreme Court and drawing both praise and condemnation.
Democrats immediately discussed a range of options to try and protect abortion rights, with President Biden floating the idea of codifying Roe v. Wade into federal law.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., suggested that the government instead try to protect abortion rights by building abortion clinics on federal land, extending the protections in a selective way.
Becerra indicated her idea might prove “difficult.”
“I think we’re continuing to explore everything that’s out there,” Becerra explained. “The difficulty is that simply because it’s an idea doesn’t mean it can go out into practice.”
“And so what we want to make sure is we can put things out into practice because you have people who are right now in need of abortion care services,” he added.
Becerra discussed the option to federally protect access to the abortion pill, noting that the federal protections on medication should allow the government more flexibility in that vein.