Kamala Harris to meet with national abortion providers, including Missouri, as court ruling looms


WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris will speak Thursday with abortion providers in states with some of the nation’s toughest restrictions to thank them for their work, the White House said.

Harris’ virtual meeting with medical professionals practicing in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Missouri and Montana comes weeks after a Supreme Court draft opinion leaked suggesting the justices are set to overturn landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade who legalized abortion nationwide. The judges are expected to issue their final ruling within the next six weeks, but these states and others are already laying the groundwork to ban abortion outright if the court allows each state to set its own procedural rules.

“The Vice President will hear stories from abortion providers who work in states with some of the most extreme abortion restrictions, and she will thank them for fighting to protect reproductive health care, despite the personal risks “, the White House said in a statement. She “will emphasize that the administration will continue to uphold women’s constitutional rights and protect access to abortion,” she said.

In fact, the Biden administration has few options available in a bitterly divided Washington. A Senate bill to expand abortion access failed due to bipartisan opposition last week.

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