They want Biden to act now.
Following the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, Democrats are pressuring President Biden to take executive action.
While the President cannot reverse the state band that took effect after Friday’s ruling, Democrats are still urging him to take action that would make abortion access more widely available.
Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) led a group of 23 other Senate Democrats who are calling for Biden to consider a number of executive actions, which would include abortions being performed on federal property and economic assistance for women needing to travel to a different state to get an abortion.
“As extremist judges and Republican politicians intensify their efforts to strip Americans of their basic reproductive freedoms, you can demonstrate to the country and women everywhere that you will do everything in your power to fight back,” the senators wrote in the letter sent to Biden.
The Congressional Black Caucus also said that Biden should consider declaring a public health emergency so that he can “utilize additional flexibilities and deploy resources where necessary.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), during a protest on Friday, said it was the “babiest of the babiest of the baby steps” for Biden to “open abortion clinics on federal lands in red states right now.”
On Saturday when White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked about Biden’s “seeming lack of urgency” she replied saying there has been “a lot of urgency.”
She added that Biden has spoken about how important access to the abortion pill is, as well as about people’s ability to travel to other states in order to get an abortion.
“I know people are asking about executive actions,” she said. “The president is going to continue to find solutions. He’s going to continue to talk to leading groups. He’s going to continue to talk to legal experts on what he can do from his … own executive perch.”