White House Cabal Seeks to Protect Abortion

The Biden White House on Monday released the readout of a meeting held Friday looking for ways to work around state restrictions in the aftermath of the SCOTUS decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The convening of abortion defenders resulted from President Biden’s executive order early last month to find means to protect the procedure. The order called for coordination of federal efforts to counteract the high court ruling and ensuing state laws.

The plan was for the collection of pro bono legal organizations, bar associations and groups supporting abortion to talk about a variety of issues. These included “travel for abortion care, denials of care, and criminalization” of abortions.

Part of the planning for the group was to legally protect women who travel from states that ban abortion seeking the procedure from prosecution. The Biden administration, of course, has searched far and wide to find ways around the law.

One early White House proposal in the wake of the high court ruling was to temporarily set aside the Senate filibuster rule to skirt the decision and restore abortion protections. Moderate Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin (WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) torpedoed that idea.

The White House readout of the meeting said the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization has already had “devastating consequences.”

It further lamented that several states have criminalized abortion or severely restricted access. One of the attendees, Attorney General Merrick Garland, said the Justice Department is “working relentlessly” to support access to abortion and sees “the crisis that it is.”

White House Counsel Stuart Delery incredibly compared the gathering of abortion supporters to lawyers across the nation working in 1963 to support the civil rights movement.

Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta said the Department of Justice is working on the legal issues “as the core civil rights and access to justice” concern that it is.

There’s no word if the discussions included efforts to stop the vandalism and even firebombings of pro-life organizations. Added security for threatened Supreme Court justices was not included in the readout released by the White House.

It is also believed that the rights of unborn children did not come up in the meeting. The Biden administration said it is the first of several such gatherings in the near future to support continued access to abortion.