It’s only a matter of time.
The potential overturning of Roe v. Wade has the White House preparing for the potential move. The final decision is expected to come later this month.
In light of this, members of the administration have been holding meetings to establish abortion rights and to face legal barriers to the procedures.
The White House’s attention on this matter has made many feel more positively about the potential overturning.
“I believe that we are at least setting the stage to fight a bigger fight that’s going to happen,” said Marsha Jones, executive director of The Afiya Center. The Afiya Center is an organization aiming to improve the health of Black women in Texas. “The White House, at least they are giving the perception that they are willing to fight this fight with us.”
“I do need to see something tangible,” continued Jones, who was a part of the May 21 meeting with Gender Policy Council Executive Director Jennifer Klein and domestic policy adviser to the Vice President, Rohini Kosoglu. “We’re all just sitting on pins and needles.”
So far, President Biden hasn’t made any major decisions regarding abortion but he has expressed criticism about the Supreme Court’s leaked draft opinion which would overturn Roe v. Wade.
Harris has become an important voice on this subject and has met with many leaders to prepare for the overturning of the landmark case.
Administration officials have also weighed in on the topic.
“Protecting Americans’ constitutional right to make personal decisions about their own bodies and lives is a top priority for the President, and as he has said, the Administration will be ready when any ruling is issued,” said Alexandra LaManna, the White House spokesperson.
“The Biden-Harris Administration is continuing to speak out as extremist Republican leaders are weaponizing the use of the law in states across the country to punish and control women,” said a White House official.