As the heated battle over reproductive rights continues, Texas Democrats joined abortion advocates to advance strategies they proposed to the Biden administration to help preserve in-state abortion care.
At the Texas Democratic Convention in Dallas on Saturday, Democratic lawmakers joined pro-abortion advocates ask the president to implement five strategies to protect in-state abortion care. They asked the president to declare a public health emergency, support telehealth providers and abortion funds, establish a federal program for providers to dispense abortion medication, invoke the federal government’s supremacy over state abortion laws, and protect third parties within and outside the State of Texas from threat of civil and criminal actions where self-sourcing of abortion medications are used.
Following the convention, a letter was sent to the White House outlining the requests. More than 50 state and federal lawmakers, candidates and abortion advocacy groups signed.
Since the Supreme Court’s ruling, House Democrats passed two congressional bills designed to fight the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Meanwhile Biden has talked about changes on the federal level to address abortion access. He has said he supports a change in the U.S. Senate’s rules on filibusters to help move legislation legalizing abortion rights. His administration has also provided guidance saying that doctors can perform abortions in emergencies — that guidance is now the subject of a lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office. On Friday, the U.S. House passed a bill that protected a person’s right to interstate travel to seek an abortion.