The White House is marking a Day of Action on Reproductive Rights today. President Biden will host a meeting with state and local elected officials. A White House Official told The Pavlovic Today that the following leaders are expected to participate in the meeting.
- Delaware Chief Deputy Attorney General Alexander Mackler: On August 10, the Delaware Department of Justice announced a legal helpline for individuals and providers seeking legal advice on reproductive health care. In January, Attorney General Jennings sued to block the town of Seaford from requiring an abortion clinic to hold burials for fetal remains at patients’ expense.
- Mayor Brandon Scott, Baltimore, MD: On June 24, Mayor Scott announced that the City of Baltimore would provide $300,000 in grants to organizations that offer abortion and family planning services.
- Mayor Elaine O’Neal, Durham, NC: On March 7, the City of Durham passed a Reproductive Freedom resolution, committing Durham to upholding the values of reproductive freedom in its policies, ordinances, and procedures and to being a safe zone for sexual and reproductive health care.
- Mayor Shawyn Patterson Howard, Mount Vernon, NY: As Vice President of the African American Mayors Association, Mayor Shawyn Patterson Howard spoke out when the Supreme Court released its decision overturning Roe v. Wade. The Mayor has her own reproductive health care story, she lost a child in birth and experienced health challenges giving birth to another child.
- County Judge Lina Hidalgo, TX: On June 28, Harris County leaders passed three measures supporting women’s access to abortion and contraception. One measure directs county departments to find ways to protect and expand access to affordable and no-cost contraception, sexual education, family planning, and other programs, including “access to safe abortions where possible under the law.” A second measure provides for the county to lobby the state legislature to mitigate the effects of a near-total abortion ban in Texas, and the third item was a symbolic resolution to condemn the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade. Judge Hidalgo cast the deciding vote in favor of all three items.
- State Senate Minority Leader Dinah Sykes, KS: On August 2, Kansas voters rejected the No State Constitutional Right to Abortion and Legislative Power to Regulate Abortion Amendment, which would have removed protections for the right to abortion under the state constitution and opened the door to a statewide abortion ban.
The Pavlovic Today has obtained a memo from the White House regarding key abortion public polling on the issue and on messaging.
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