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

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US President Joe Biden predicted on Friday that some states across the country will try to arrest women for crossing state lines to have abortions after the Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to procedures across the country.

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

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At a virtual abortion rights meeting with Democratic governors on Friday, Biden said he believed “people will be shocked when the first state … tries to arrest a woman for crossing a state line to get health care.”

He added: “And I don’t think people believe that’s going to happen. But it will happen, and it will show the whole country that this is a gigantic issue that goes beyond; I mean, it affects all your basic rights.”

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Biden said the federal government will act to protect women who need to cross state lines to have an abortion and ensure their access to medication in states where it is prohibited.

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham told the meeting that her state “will not cooperate” in any attempt to track women who have had abortions to punish them. “We will not extradite,” she said.

Abortion rights groups have sued in several states to preserve women’s ability to terminate a pregnancy.

Source: CNN Brasil

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