Foreign media: White House considers helping women "interstate abortion" and will help women in need

  [Global Times Comprehensive Report] After the US Supreme Court overturned the "Roe v. Wade" decision, at least 8 states in the United States immediately banned abortion.

For the past few days, non-profit organizations, medical institutions, businesses and individuals across the United States have been busy looking for workarounds to circumvent this icy and harsh "abortion ban".

A few days ago, the U.S. federal government has also made a statement that it will help women who need interstate abortions.

  According to the British "Financial Times" report on the 28th, US Vice President Harris said in an interview with the media on the 27th that the "abortion ban" has a particularly prominent impact on women who are socially disadvantaged and lack resources, and this group is the US government. people of interest.

A White House spokesman also said: "The president (Biden) fully opposes this judgment made by the court (the Supreme Court), he knows that many women are facing an extraordinarily difficult situation today, and he understands these pains and fears. These women support it."

  At present, the White House is actively exploring the possibility of "interstate termination of pregnancy", such as providing travel vouchers directly to women in need; and for women who really have no way to get an abortion, the federal government is considering providing them with necessary child care services.

At the same time, the U.S. Department of Justice is also looking for ways to deal with it at the legal level, trying to minimize state laws on the travel of "interstate abortion" people and related abortion drugs.

According to the report, the latest Supreme Court ruling has put the Biden administration under double pressure from society and the party. As reformist Democrats, they even demanded that the government open federal land for abortion services.

  At the social level, some non-profit organizations and business units in the United States are also actively seeking workarounds. For example, some large companies recently announced that they will bear the cost of "interstate abortion" for female employees.

According to a report by the US Consumer News and Business Channel (CNBC) on the 27th, "Just The Pill", an online medical service agency in Minnesota, is setting up mobile clinics in so-called "safe states" (states without abortion bans), and the location of clinics is often Adjacent states with anti-abortion laws to facilitate interstate visits for women in neighboring states.

While not ruling out the possibility of "anti-abortion states" enacting new laws restricting interstate abortions, Biden and the Justice Department issued a scathing statement last week saying the federal government exercises all powers to protect women from legal interstate abortions.

Biden also clearly warned local officials: "Regardless of your official position, as long as you dare to interfere with women's right to travel, I will do my best to fight this extreme 'anti-American' behavior to the end."

  At the same time, some obstetrics and gynecology experts in the United States also suggest that women who become pregnant unexpectedly can implement "self-help" through the correct online shopping channels.

For example, the non-profit organization Aid Access can still mail abortion drugs to the entire United States, and the drugs provided by the agency are prescribed by European doctors and produced by Indian pharmaceutical companies, and are temporarily not affected by the abortion ban.

However, CNBC also said that because of the different ways of governance in the United States, there are unpredictable legal risks in seeking workarounds: For example, in April this year, a woman in Texas was charged with murder for performing an abortion on her own.

(Liu Haoran)

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