The White House has finally chosen to officially speak out against a recent suggestion from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to set up and run abortion services throughout all National Parks.
Karine Jean-Pierre, the current White House Press Secretary, stepped up to speak about the issue as part of a press conference held on Tuesday to the press aboard Air Force One.
“I think we talked about this the other day about, you know, building some kind of facilities on federal lands. Are you any further along in terms of exploring those options? And would it be a possibility to come to some agreement with Tribes to use Tribal lands?” posited a reporter of Jean-Pierre.
In response, the press secretary highlighted that “we understand the proposal is well intentioned, but here’s the thing: It could actually put women and providers at risk.”
Jean-Pierre went on to add that such a move would end up leading to heavy prosecution.
“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 be prosecuted,” she went on, claiming that there are “actually dangerous ramifications to doing this.”
When pushed for even more details in regards to the issue, Jean-Pierre only stated that “we’re looking at an array of other options.”
The massive amount of speculation surrounding abortion services being established on property owned by National Parks continued to spread in the wake of Warren speaking about the idea in an interview with the Washington Post.
“They could put up tents, have trained personnel — and be there to help people who need it,” The Post’s Caroline Kitchener reported Warren telling her about the establishing of abortion clinics at national parks. “It’s time to declare a medical emergency.”
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
The complete article from The Post held a quote from Warren in which she supported Planned Parenthood “outposts” along the edges of National Parks. “The point is the acknowledgment of the emergency situation and the urgency of getting help out,” she explained in her interview. “People need help immediately.”
The proposal from Warren comes in the wake of statements by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaking about possibly making use of federal lands in order to host abortion clinics.
“Open abortion clinics on federal lands in red states right now!” she shouted out to her followers in the wake of the Roe v. Wade decision.
ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ: “Open abortion clinics on federal lands in red states right now!”
“Right now!” pic.twitter.com/sFvl101mSt
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) June 28, 2022
Ocasio-Cortez has also made the argument that freedom of choice is “an inalienable right” despite the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that effectively overturned Roe v. Wade and returned the power to make abortion laws to the states.
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🚺⚧ Freedom of choice is an inalienable right. Your bodily autonomy belongs to you.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 28, 2022