Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said he “doesn’t believe” the Supreme Court’s decision will stand for very long, saying the Biden administration was looking at every possible angle to codify abortion access into law.
In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press”, Becerra said he has been around long enough to know that nothing is ever safe from change, but “certainly I don’t believe this decision by this court and Dobbs is going to stand long. This is just not America.”
He put the responsibility squarely on Congress when asked what he would say to Democrats in Congress who say the party isn’t fighting hard enough.
“Well, I tell them, ‘Give us some good ideas.’ We’re going to explore everything we can. And I also would ask them to please pass a law. They have it in their power if they can find the votes to actually codify the Roe decision, which is what we need more than anything else.”
He also suggested that, if the federal government has the resources and can make a case for its authority, the Biden administration is seriously considering a program that would transport women across state lines to receive abortions.
“It took 50 years for us to get as far as we did. Now we have to figure out how to do this. It will not be easy,” he concluded.