Vice President Kamala Harris will convene a roundtable on Tuesday with constitutional law, privacy and technology experts to discuss the legal and day-to-day implications of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court.
The White House is preparing for the conservative-led Supreme Court to overturn the landmark case, which allows a constitutional right to abortion. The tribunal is nearing the end of its term and could issue a decision this month. The move would follow the release last month of a draft majority opinion authored by Judge Samuel Alito that showed the court was close to overturning the decades-old ruling.
“It’s important that we highlight the impact on how this affects Americans’ rights and their privacy rights on so many different issues,” a White House official told CNN, who was the first to report on the round table.
In the wake of the leaked draft notice, Harris focused on the issue of privacy rights in a bid to explain the profound implications Americans could face if the abortion ruling were overturned. .
“I believe that when we look at the challenge we will face when this decision is made, part of it will be that it will have a direct, if not indirect, impact on other privacy rights, including the right to have access to contraception and the right to marry the person you love,” Harris said during a meeting with clergy on abortion rights last week.
Holding these types of events elevated Harris to, if not the Biden administration’s primary messenger on abortion rights. Despite the lack of a formal notice, Harris seized this moment to host public conversations with various actors in the battle for abortion rights.
CNN previously reported that Harris was told from outside the White House that leading the charge against any abortion decisions could help her connect with the voters the party needs now and she needs for a future. expected presidential future, several people familiar with operations in his office told CNN.
Last week, Harris hosted an event in Los Angeles with faith and faith leaders to discuss the way forward on abortion rights. Days after the draft notice was leaked in May, Harris met with doctors and nurses whose work would be directly affected by overturning the precedent-setting decision. And she gave a scathing speech on the issue, fiercely asking at an Emily’s List gala: ‘How dare they? How dare they tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her own body?
Tuesday’s event, an official told CNN, will build on Harris’ ability to bring together people from diverse backgrounds to work on specific issues.
“What’s important to keep in mind here is that some of the vice president’s goals have really been to make sure the people of this country understand what’s at stake here,” said the manager. “And it takes work to figure out who is the coalition of people who are affected by this, who want their voices heard.”
Harris will meet law professors Peggy Cooper Davis and Melissa Murray of New York University, Glenn Cohen of Harvard Law and Michele Bratcher Goodwin of the University of California-Irvine, among others.
An official warned that if Roe is overturned, other rights that could arise would be the underlying right to marry ‘someone you love’, conversations about ‘accessing your own data’ and the access to contraception. These topics, they say, will be reflected by participants in Tuesday’s roundtable.
‘She wants to make the connection,’ as President Joe Biden himself has said, about the implications Roe could have beyond a wife’s right to choose in the event of an annulment, a second official said. .
If that right were overridden, the Biden administration is looking for options on what it might do in response. Biden said last week he was assessing what executive actions he might take if the court’s decision mirrored the leaked draft and overruled Roe.
Options include making it easier for women to travel to get abortions in states where the procedure is still legal or expanding access to medical abortion through the mail. Some advocates have also suggested leasing federal land for abortion clinics, circumventing state laws that restrict them.
But ultimately, Biden wants a solution to go through Congress.
“I think if the court overturns Roe v. Wade and does what is written … if it happens, I think we have to do it, we have to legislate it,” Biden told late night host Jimmy Kimmel last week. “We need to make sure we pass legislation to make it law that the feds say this is how it works.”