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The Biden administration is considering the possibility of providing taxpayer-funded transportation to women seeking abortions across state lines.
Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra mentioned the idea during an interview Saturday with NBC News’ Kate Snow at the Aspen Ideas: Health conference.
“We look at everything, including transportation assistance, which HHS typically doesn’t do,” he said.
When asked if he could legally provide such services, Becerra smiled and said, “talk to me later.”
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“We are going to be aggressive and go all the way. I would say if… you record so I won’t tell you,” he added.
The remarks came in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, who legalized abortion in 1973. Progressive Democrats’ proposals to provide abortion access on federal lands in and around states that ban the procedure were rejected by the vice president on Monday. Kamala Harris.
“I think what’s most important right now is that we make sure that the restrictions that states are trying to put in place that would prohibit a woman from exercising what we still maintain is her right, that we do all we can to empower women to not just seek but receive care where it is available,” Harris said in an interview with CNN.
“Is federal land one of those options?” asked CNN’s Dana Bash.
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“That’s not what we’re discussing right now,” Harris replied.