Health care – White House rejects use of federal land for abortion

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Today in the field of health, the White House does not agree with the idea pushed by some Democrats to try to authorize abortions on federal lands. We will also look at what the administration says about access to abortion pills.

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Big ‘ramifications’ of idea of ​​abortion, says White House

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre Tuesday warned there could be “dangerous ramifications” to providing abortion services on federal lands following the Supreme Court ruling that struck down Roe v. Wade.

Pressure to do more: The Biden administration has come under pressure from progressives to take tougher action in response to the reversal of Roe v. Wade, including considering the use of federal lands in anti-abortion states to provide the service.

But Jean-Pierre said it could expose those providing and obtaining the service to legal and physical risk.

  • “With this proposal, we understand that the proposal is well intentioned, but here is the problem: it could actually put women and providers at risk. And importantly, in states where abortion is now illegal, women and providers who are not federal employees, as you look at federal territory, could potentially be prosecuted,” she told reporters on Air. Strength One.
  • “While we understand why they would come up with this proposal, there are actually dangerous ramifications to doing this,” she added.

Calls from progressives: Democrats, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), have called on the Biden administration to use federal lands to create places where people can get abortions in states that restrict them.

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Becerra stops lawsuit to protect abortion pills

Health and Social Services Secretary Xavier Becerra Tuesday stopped short of saying the Biden administration would take legal action in a bid to stop states from banning abortion pills, saying details are still being worked out on actions on that front .

“We will certainly assert and defend our legal authorities,” Becerra told reporters at a news conference when asked about filing lawsuits through the Justice Department.

“Exactly what that translates to depends on what a state is trying to do,” he added.

Asked by a reporter about conservative states that have already enacted sweeping abortion bans, including bans on abortion pills, Becerra said the department needs to “investigate and then enforce.”

“We have to make sure we collect the evidence, but we are determined to protect people’s rights under the law,” he said.

big picture: Protecting access to abortion pills is seen as one of the primary ways the Biden administration can seek to protect access to abortion in conservative states that enact bans on the medical procedure.

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TEXAS COURT BLOCKS ENFORCEMENT OF PRE-ROE ABORTION BAN

A Texas court temporarily blocked the state’s abortion ban ahead of Roe v. Wade, who was suddenly reinstated after Roe was canceled on Friday, a move that will allow some clinics to resume practice.

  • A Texas district court has granted a preliminary injunction in response to a lawsuit filed by activist groups including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Reproductive Rights.
  • The injunction and lawsuit relate to a 1925 abortion ban that was struck off the books following the Roe v. Wade in 1973 because the courts interpreted it to be repealed and unenforceable.
  • But following the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe’s constitutional right to abortion, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (right) said the 1925 ban was back in effect and that prosecutors could choose to immediately pursue criminal charges against abortion providers.

Carry: Ahead of Friday’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade, abortion was available in Texas until six weeks gestation. Since then, all abortions in the state have ceased. The injunction will allow the resumption of abortion up to six weeks of pregnancy in certain clinics.

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JUUL SAYS FDA NEGLECTED KEY DATA IN APP

E-cigarette company Juul argued in court documents filed Tuesday that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) overlooked a mountain of data it included in its application that demonstrated the public health benefits of its products, and said the decision to ban the product was based on “deeply flawed reasons”.

  • In court documents, Juul said it included more than 110 scientific studies and more than 125,000 pages of data and analysis showing that its e-cigarettes provide “substantial public health benefits.”
  • “Instead of lauding a significant public health victory, the FDA dismissed JLI’s claims for arbitrary reasons and demanded that retailers remove all JUUL products from their shelves or face immediate action,” said writes Juul in its argument, further asserting that the FDA’s decision could not be “squared” with the science.

Last week, the FDA announced that it prohibit Juul from marketing and selling its products. The company’s products that are already on the market should be removed, according to the agency’s decision.

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Panel backs COVID vaccine update for omicron

A vaccine expert advisory panel for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted on Tuesday to recommend updated COVID-19 vaccines specifically designed to fight the omicron variant.

  • Of the voting members of the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biologicals Advisory Committee (VRBPAC), 19 voted in favor of recommending an omicron-specific recall while two voted against approval.
  • The FDA is not required to follow the committee’s recommendations, although the agency generally does.

Several members of the vaccine panel felt that the likely benefits of an omicron-specific vaccine – possibly a bivalent vaccine – outweighed the possible risks.

One more debate: During the meeting, however, members raised several possible points of contention regarding the recommendation.

Some members argued that approaching the COVID-19 pandemic like it was the flu with seasonal reminders was the wrong way, pointing out that the SARS-CoV-2 virus has been shown to mutate. faster than the flu virus.

Learn more here.

WHAT WE READ

  • Generation Z is influencing the abortion debate – from TikTok (Washington Post)
  • Defining “life-threatening” can be tricky in exceptions to abortion law (Axios)
  • When Brazil banned abortion pills, women turned to drug traffickers (The New York Times)

STATE BY STATE

  • Republicans are sending abortion back to the United States. But DC is not a state. (Politics)
  • Californians can vote to add abortion to the state’s constitutional rights (NPR)
  • Iowa governor seeks to revive 6-week abortion ban in Iowa after reversal of Roe v. Wade (Des Moines Register)

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