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Nancy Northup, CEO of Center for Reproductive Rights, argued in a Washington Post op-ed that there could be a way for President Biden to protect abortion nationwide on Thursday.
Last week, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, which sent the issue of abortion back to state legislatures. Several states have already enacted trigger laws that severely limit or outright ban abortion within their jurisdiction.
Northup suggested that the court decision alone could create a health emergency “from all sectors.”
“The Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is not only the most damaging setback to the rights of women in our country’s history — it also creates a staggering public health emergency requiring swift and definitive action from all sectors, including the Biden administration,” Northup wrote.
Northup concluded, “We need a national standard guaranteeing abortion access, which Biden rightly said Congress must legislate. But in the meantime, the administration must take the first step toward restoring national protections: Declare a public health emergency now and ensure that medication abortion is available across the nation.”
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