If Roe goes down, abortion pills will be the next big fight

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Today’s edition: A Duke University scientist is being considered to lead the National Institutes of Health. Republicans don’t really want to talk about abortion. But first…

Abortion rights supporters are mostly out of options in red states

There is little the White House or congressional Democrats can do to immediately mitigate the impact of a possible reversal of a Supreme Court decision. Roe v. Wade.

That’s the overwhelming consensus after a marathon of meetings and calls between White House officials, government lawyers and other outside advisers, The Post’s Yasmine Abutaleb and Tyler Pager report.

For months, White House officials had anticipated the possibility that deer would be rescinded, but the leaked document caught the administration off guard. Officials had discussed whether funding through Medicaid or another mechanism could come in line for women to travel to other states for an abortion, but there is doubt about the feasibility, Yasmeen reports. and Tyler.

Some proponents of the procedure hope abortion pills in the mail will help, though Republican-led states are already taking steps to block access to the drugs. And any attempt to circumvent abortion restrictions would likely be challenged by a newly reinvigorated anti-abortion lobby. Some may want to use an impending decision to target emergency contraception as well.

It should be recalled that the decision obtained by Politics was just a draft. But groups are using it as a fire drill, of sorts, preparing for the very real possibility that women’s long-standing right to abortion could be revoked.

The next procedural battle will likely be over the mailing of abortion pills.

In December, the Biden administration made permanent a covid-era policy allowing doctors to prescribe the pills via telehealth appointments and send them to patients in states where allowed. But even before that, medical abortion accounted for approximately 54 percent of all abortions in 2020, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization that supports abortion rights.

Yet Republican-led states have lobbied before to try to stop the shipping or prescription of drugs. There are about 19 states that have banned the use of telehealth for medical abortion, generally requiring the patient and provider to be in the same room, according to The Post. Christopher Rowland, Laurie McGinley and Jacob Bogage report.

But women have found ways around the new rules.

For instance: In places that restrict access to pills, some patients instead turn to overseas online pharmacies selling generic pills made in India and China. Sellers said the pills were the same quality as those sold in the United States, but the Food and drug administration did not approve their import, my colleagues note.

Tuesday’s leak electrified the anti-abortion movement, which has spent nearly 50 years working to reverse deerprotection against abortion. Prominent groups said they approached the draft decision with cautious optimism.

Some abortion opponents have said they focus on what they perceive to be shortcomings in abortion bans, such as the prevalence of medical abortion, Hannah Knowles, Brittany Shammas and me reported yesterday.

But some are looking to take the restrictions a step further. Take Lilac Rosefounder of the anti-abortion group live action, known for his massive social media presence and secret family planning clinic videos. She said she wanted to see a ban on the ‘intentional destruction of human life’ from the moment of fertilization, which she says should block the use of Plan B, also known as the pill. the next day.

  • As Post the policy now Explain, “Access to birth control and Plan B is already being targeted by conservative anti-abortion organizations and Republican officials across the country. For years, some conservative lawmakers have argued that the federal government is wrong to tell employers what health benefits they should cover, fighting the provisions set out in the Affordable Care Act on contraceptive products.

🚨 Under Study: Mary Klotman – a Duke University scientist and top executive – is a strong candidate to lead the National Institutes of Health, the nation’s premier medical research agency.

Klotman has had conversations with several senior administration officials, although the administration is choosing between at least one other candidate in a process likely to take several weeks. Yasmeen, Dan Diamond and Carolyn Y. Johnson report.

Klotman is a doctor known for her HIV research, and she and her husband, Paul, worked as NIH scientists earlier in their careers. If chosen – and confirmed by the Senate – she would fill a position last held by Francois Collinswho resigned last year as director of the NIH. laurent tabak has been acting chief since Collins’ departure.

The agency’s work has been catapulted into the spotlight amid the pandemic. It has played a vital role in the development of coronavirus vaccines and treatments, and its leaders – Collins and Antoine Faucichief medical adviser President Biden – have been major players in the response to the pandemic.

Republicans are on the verge of an abortion victory. But they don’t want to talk about it.

Congressional Republicans participate in the annual March for Life. They give speeches against abortion in the Senate and in the House. And if they regain Congress, they have pledged to hold votes to restrict the process.

But still … “Few Republicans celebrated openly, even as justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. the opinion, if adopted by the court, would fulfill what is perhaps the most enduring political goal of the conservative movement,” The Post said. Mike DeBonis reports.

Instead, GOP lawmakers are expressing concerns about the leak. Some attributed the muted reaction to a desire to wait until there was actually a decision. But there are signals that Republicans may not be ready for the ramifications of a post-deer world.

  • For instance: The Republican National Senate Committee released a memo on Tuesday advising Republican candidates to be “compassionate, consensus-builders” and attack the other side for its support for late-term abortions and taxpayer funding of the procedure. But the document also advised them to walk away from the issue.

30 million Americans still don’t have health insurance

The number of uninsured Americans fell slightly last year, from 9.7% in 2020 for 9.2% in 2021. That equates to 30 million people without health coverage, according to new data released today by the CDC National Center for Health Statistics.

Increasing access and making health coverage more affordable has been a key priority for the Biden administration. But yet millions of people still lack health insurance, a gap in care that comes as the administration’s health care program stalls on Capitol Hill.

Here’s what else we learned from the new data:

  • About 13.5% of adults aged 18 to 64 did not have health insurance last year.
  • Far fewer children were uninsured, at just 4.1% 17 and under without health coverage.
  • The percentage of people under 65 covered via Obamacare insurance markets went from 3.7% in 2019 at 4.3% Last year.

Blinken tests positive for coronavirus

Secretary of State Antoine Blinken became the latest member of Biden’s cabinet to contract the coronavirus, the State Department announced yesterday.

He is experiencing mild symptoms and has been vaccinated and strengthened. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters he was not considered a close contact of Biden under CDC guidelines, by my colleagues Felicia Sonmez and John Hudson

Blinken was among more than 2,000 attendees at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner last weekend, which Biden also attended. Still, it’s unclear where Blinken caught the virus, as he often attends face-to-face meetings with a wide range of officials, lawmakers and journalists.

Meanwhile … In the days following the Correspondents’ Dinner weekend, journalists and staff from various news outlets tested positive for the coronavirus. This includes journalists and staff of CNN, ABC News, NBC News, CBS News and Politics, CNN reports. Jonathan Karl, ABC News’ chief Washington correspondent who tested positive for the virus days after shaking hands with Biden, Politics reported.

  • Mississippi’s last abortion clinic — which is at the heart of the Supreme Court case who could overthrow deer — can move to Mexico if abortion protections are rolled back, our colleague Timothy Bella writing.
  • Stacey Abrams suspends fundraising for her Georgia gubernatorial race to instead redirect funds to abortion rights groups, The Post’s Eugene Scott writing.
  • Three Republican governors in New England pledge to protect abortion rights in the states they lead: Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire, according to the New York Times.

Thanks for reading! See you tomorrow.

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