Xavier Becerra Says HHS Is Exploring All Options To Expand Access To Abortion

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said on Sunday that his agency will examine “everything there is” to expand access to abortion in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Mr Becerra said he is considering making abortion medications more accessible and whether HHS should play a role in transporting women across state lines to find an abortion where it is legal.

At the same time, the secretary said the government is being constrained by the court’s ruling as some Democrats are urging the government to be more aggressive in circumventing state bans on abortion.

“We must heed the word of the Supreme Court,” Mr. Becerra told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

The government was cool with some Democrats’ ideas of setting up clinics on federal land.

Mr. Becerra said the fastest path to ensuring abortion would be through Congress.

President Biden made a similar plea this week. He pressured Senate Democrats to circumvent filibuster rules and codify Roe into law, although Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Joe Manchin III have opposed the idea.

“When you are deprived of a right, as the Supreme Court has just done with women of childbearing age, it is difficult to overcome,” said Mr Becerra.

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