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Kathy Hochul tells Biden New York is an ‘enlightened state’

Kathy Hochul tells Biden New York is an ‘enlightened state’ as he opens the door for abortions on Native American land: President says women will get arrested for traveling for terminations and admits he doesn’t have votes to change the filibuster

  • President Joe Biden met virtually Friday with eight Democratic governors who talked about what they were doing in their states to protect abortion care 
  • New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said New York and ‘the other enlightened states’ are in the position of providing healthcare for women across the nation’
  • She encouraged Biden to use ‘veterans hospitals’ and ‘military bases,’ to provide abortions 
  • New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham suggested using her state’s Native American lands to provide abortion care – something Biden said he was open to 
  • The president also admitted his hands were tied, saying : ‘We don’t have the votes in the Senate to change the filibuster’ 
  • Biden also said he feared that women would start getting arrested for pursuing abortion care across state lines 
  • ‘I think people are going to be shocked when the first state, the first state that tries to arrest a woman for crossing a state line to get health services,’ he said

President Joe Biden met virtually Friday with eight Democratic governors who talked about what they were doing in their states to protect abortion care – who, in turn, encouraged the president to take federal action. 

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said New York and ‘the other enlightened states’ are in the position of providing healthcare for women across the nation after the Supreme Court one week ago struck down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision – pushing the legality of abortion to the states.  

Hochul pushed Biden on the idea of providing abortion care on federal lands – ‘veterans hospitals, military bases and other places where the federal government controls the jurisdictions that are hostile to women’s rights.’    

President Joe Biden met virtually Friday with eight Democratic governors who talked about what they were doing in their states to protect abortion care – who, in turn, encouraged the president to take action 

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (top left) said New York and 'the other enlightened states' are in the position of providing healthcare for women across the nation after the Supreme Court one week ago struck down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (top left) said New York and ‘the other enlightened states’ are in the position of providing healthcare for women across the nation after the Supreme Court one week ago struck down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham suggested using her state’s Native American lands to provide abortion care, something Biden said Friday he was open to. 

‘One of the things that I’m finding is that we are looking, beginning the process, or are in the process of looking at all the alternatives, including the sovereign nation question,’ Biden said. 

But the president also admitted his hands were tied in many ways – as not every Democratic senator would sign onto a plan to skirt the filibuster to codify federal abortion rights. 

‘We don’t have the votes in the Senate to change the filibuster,’ Biden relented. 

All 50 Democratic senators would have to sign-on to a filibuster change and moderate Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema have already signaled they were against it. 

At the top of the meeting, Biden reiterated that he do what he could as president to ensure women wouldn’t be punished for traveling from red states to blue states to get an abortion – but he feared they would still get targeted. 

‘I think people are going to be shocked when the first state, the first state that tries to arrest a woman for crossing a state line to get health services,’ the president said.

‘And I don’t think people believe that’s going to happen,’ he continued. ‘But it’s going to happen and it’s going to telegraph to the whole country that this is a gigantic deal that does beyond – it effects all your basic rights.’

Biden said he had talked to Attorney General Merrick Garland earlier in the day. 

‘We’re going to do everything within the power of the federal government to make sure that any attempt to obstruct anything from travel to access to medicine does not occur,’ Biden said.  

Beyond Hochul and Lujan Grisham, governors who participated included North Carolina’s Roy Cooper, Connecticut’s Ned Lamont, Colorado’s Jared Polis, Illinois’ J. B. Pritzker, Washington’s Jay Inslee, Oregon’s Kate Brown and Rhode Island’s Daniel McKee. 

As a southern governor, Cooper said North Carolina is already seeing an influx of patients coming from surrounding states with tighter restrictions. 

‘This Democratic governor is going to hold the line,’ Cooper told Biden. 

Cooper said that in North Carolina enough Democratic legislators needed to be elected to ‘sustain my vetoes,’ as both houses are controlled by Republicans. 

‘Right now governors really are the last line of defense and they’re also the first change of progress,’ Cooper said. ‘Especially with this Supreme Court on such a destructive path.’ 

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