A bunch of Democratic senators wrote a letter on Saturday urging President Biden to take motion to guard abortion entry throughout the nation in response to the Supreme Courtroom’s determination to overturn Roe v. Wade.
The 33 Senators referred to as on Biden to make use of “the complete pressure of the federal authorities to guard entry to abortion in america.”
“There isn’t any time to waste,” the letter learn. “Practically half of the states already had legal guidelines in place to ban abortion or severely prohibit entry as quickly because the Supreme Courtroom determination got here down.”
13 states had “set off” legal guidelines in place which have gone into impact or are within the technique of going into impact after Roe was overturned, eradicating federal-level abortion protections.
Other than these states, one other 9 even have legal guidelines or constitutional amendments banning or severely proscribing abortion already in place, based on pro-choice analysis group the Guttmacher Institute.
“Now’s the time for daring motion to guard the fitting to an abortion,” the letter mentioned.
The senators urged: “You’ve got the ability to struggle again and lead a nationwide response to this devastating determination, so we name on you to take each step out there to your Administration, throughout federal businesses, to assist ladies entry abortions and different reproductive well being care, and to guard those that will face the harshest burdens from this devastating and excessive determination.”
The letter additionally raised issues about potential additional Republican motion to limit abortion nationwide, calling the Supreme Courtroom determination and different actions to limit abortion entry “an unprecedented assault on ladies and the results of a long time of activism by Republican extremists.”
The senators who signed on to the letter included Democratic Sens. Patty Murray (Wash.), Ed Markey (Mass.), Ron Wyden (Ore.), Jeff Merkley (Ore.), Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Jacky Rosen (Nev.), Tammy Duckworth (In poor health.), Michael Bennet (Colo.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Brian Schatz (Hawaii), Chris Van Hollen (Md.), Maggie Hassan (N.H.), Jack Reed (R.I.), Tim Kaine (Va.), Tina Smith (Minn.), Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev.), Chris Murphy (Conn.), Tom Carper (Del.), Debbie Stabenow (Mich.), Mark Kelly (Ariz.), Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), John Hickenlooper (Colo.), Maria Cantwell (Wash.), Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.), Cory Booker (N.J.), Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.), Tammy Baldwin (Wis.) and Dick Durbin (In poor health.), in addition to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)