According to (HHS) Xavier Becerra, the Biden administration is considering putting abortion providers on federal property in Republican-controlled states.
“Every alternative is on the table,” Becerra said this week, in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Roe v. Wade.
When asked about the prospect of establishing abortion clinics on federal property, Xavier Becerra from HHS responded, “We’re aware of a number of concepts and proposals.”
“What I can tell you is that we are aware of a lot of options and ideas, many of which we’ve been thinking about internally. We have not made any decisions yet. We would certainly have a discussion with the president to ensure that we follow his instructions to us in an effort to safeguard women’s reproductive health services.”
After prominent Congressional Democrats urged Joe Biden to provide abortion centers on federal property, Becerra’s comments come as no surprise.
Senator Elizabeth Warren and others have made similar pleas. “We should look into just how much we can start utilizing federal land to safeguard people who require access to abortion in all the states that either prohibit them or are on the verge of doing so,” said Sen. Warren (D-MA).
“We have a lot of leeway at the federal government level under current legislation. We must do it,” Warren stated.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., urged Biden to follow suit, calling it “the most babiest of baby steps.”
“The most basic of the baby steps will be to establish abortion clinics on federal property in conservative states right now,” Ocasio-Cortez said this week.
Becerra said that the Biden administration is seeking to keep access to abortion-inducing pills, describing it as “a national priority and in the publics’ interest.”
Becerra’s words appear to contradict other members of Biden’s administration. This week, Vice President Kamala Harris said the White House is not considering establishing abortion clinics on federal property.
“It’s not right now what we’re talking about,” Harris said to CNN.
Surprisingly, Jean-Pierre dismissed the notion on the same day Becerra suggested it was an option “on the table.”
“It’s a well-intentioned idea,” said Jean-Pierre. “But there are some extremely dangerous consequences to doing this.”