WASHINGTON, June 26 (Reuters) – Leading female Democrats on Sunday called on President Joe Biden and Congress to protect abortion rights nationwide after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, in a decision that has heightened political tensions between the federal government and the states. .

Two Democratic progressives, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have urged Biden to use federal lands as an abortion haven in states that ban or severely restrict the practice, after the High Court on Friday overturned the historic decision of 1973 which recognized women’s constitutional right to abortion. Read more

“Forcing women to carry pregnancies against their will will kill them,” Ocasio-Cortez said on NBC’s Meet the Press show.

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Democratic candidate for Georgia governor Stacey Abrams has urged Democrats in Congress to codify Roe v. Wade in the act by overturning the US Senate filibuster rule that allowed Republicans to block such an effort last month. Read more

“We know that the rights to choose should not be distributed among states, and that the sinister practice of taking constitutional rights and allowing each state to decide the quality of your citizenship is wrong,” Abrams said. at CNN’s State of the Union.

“I would reject the idea that it’s the will of the people,” she said in a separate interview on Fox News on Sunday.

Democrats have also urged Biden to defend women’s access to a pill used for medical abortion, against state efforts to ban its availability, a major new legal fight his administration has indicated he will take. Read more

Republican South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said her state, one of 13 conservative states with “trigger” abortion bans currently in effect or about to activate, will stick to his ban on abortion pills in the mail.

“What the Supreme Court said is that the Constitution does not give a woman the right to have an abortion. It means that in each state they will make the decision to handle these situations,” Noem told Face. the Nation from CBS. “I like it in this country, that we have a very limited federal government,” she said.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat who sued to block enforcement of a harsh 1931 state abortion ban after the fall of Roe v. Wade, called on the Biden administration to take every possible step to preserve reproductive rights.

“I urge all pro-choice leaders to use every tool in their toolbox, so I’m hopeful and believe the Biden administration is going to do that,” Whitmer told CBS.

Earlier in June, some 25 Senate Democrats called on Biden to issue an executive order to safeguard reproductive rights at the federal level, including making abortion pills more accessible, allowing agencies to provide financial assistance to women to ‘they’re getting abortions in other states and exploring use. federal lands to provide abortion services in restrictive states.

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According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, around 71% of Americans – including majorities of Democrats and Republicans – say decisions about terminating a pregnancy should be left to a woman and her doctor, rather than regulated by the government. . Read more

On Friday, Biden and leading congressional Democrats sought to use the Supreme Court’s ruling as a rallying cry for November’s midterm elections that will determine the balance of power in the Senate and House of Representatives in the future. approach of the presidential election of 2024.

Democrats are hoping the wrath of women voters will allow them to expand their slim majority in the Senate, so they can reform the 60-vote margin required for most laws.

But Republican Senator Lindsey Graham predicted the Supreme Court ruling would not affect Senate rules or the November election, saying voters are more concerned about inflation, crime and the ‘immigration.

“It was won at the ballot box by the Conservatives, and we’re not going to let the Liberals bully the rule of law system into taking it away from us,” Graham told Fox News on Sunday.

“The Senate will hold here. The Senate will not change. The 60-vote requirement for legislation will hold,” he said.

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Reporting by David Morgan, David Lawder and Katharine Jackson; Editing by Mary Milliken and Daniel Wallis

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