White House press Secretary Karine Jean Pierre on Tuesday rejected the idea by Democratic Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren of placing abortion clinics in national parks.
Warren suggested that the Biden administration build Planned Parenthood tents along national park edges in a Monday interview. This suggestion was made in response to Roe V. Wade’s landmark Supreme Court decision. The Supreme Court ruling had declared that abortion is legal under U.S. law. Constitution.
We understand that the proposal was well-intentioned, but it can actually put women or providers at risk. In states where abortion has been made illegal, women and providers, who aren’t federal employees, may be prosecuted. Jean-Pierre responded to Warren’s suggestion. Jean-Pierre was dismissed shortly after Vice President Kamala Harris made the suggestion. Harris, pressed by CNN’s Dana Bash during an interview that aired Monday evening, noted that the administration isn’t discussing that option “right now.”
“I mean, it’s not right now what we are discussing,” Harris said. “But I will say that, when I think about what is happening in terms of the states, we have to also recognize, Dana, that we are 130-odd days away from an election, which is going to include Senate races, right? The court has already acted. Congress must act. But we, if you count the votes, don’t appear to have the votes in the Senate.”
Specifically, Warren had called on the administration “to declare a medical emergency” and said they “could put up tents” and “have trained personnel” at the parks, according to The Post’s Caroline Kitchener. (RELATED: Biden Decries Supreme Court’s Decision Overturning Roe V. Wade, Calls For Voters To Turn Out For The Midterms)
I just spoke with @ewarren, who suggested the Biden administration establish Planned Parenthood outposts on the edges of national parks.
“They could put up tents, have trained personnel — and be there to help people who need it.”
“It’s time to declare a medical emergency.”
— Caroline Kitchener (@CAKitchener) June 27, 2022
“And importantly in states where abortion is now illegal — women and providers who are not federal employees, as you look at the federal lands, could be potentially prosecuted… there’s actually dangerous ramifications to doing this.”
— Caroline Kitchener (@CAKitchener) June 28, 2022
Warren also called on the Biden administration to use federal lands to aid those seeking abortions on Sunday during an interview with ABC News.
“Now, we’ve got a lot of things on our agenda right now,” Warren said during that interview. First, we must help women in need of help right now. That means that we need to send resources to states such as New Mexico that border states that will try to assist HTML1. It also means that you can volunteer or donate money. She also suggested that the President of the United States should be asked to allow abortions as widely as possible using the available tools, such as medication and federal lands.
Warren also lobbied the Biden administration to use “federal property and resources to increase access to abortion” in a letter co-written by Democratic Washington Sen. Patty Murphy and signed by over 20 other senators on June 7.