Joe Biden is not the only person who can do something about abortion rights. We have a federal system, and the states can pitch in. Fortunately, they are.
This is a compilation of things I’ve picked up, mostly on Twitter. It isn’t comprehensive. Share in the comments if you’ve got something.
A thread of state votes coming up. Content warning: don’t read this if you don’t want to hear about voting.
Joint statement from elected prosecutors. Ninety district attorneys and prosecuting attorneys from across the country.
…we decline to use our offices’ resources to criminalize reproductive health decisions and commit to exercise our well settled discretion and refrain from prosecuting those who seek, provide, or support abortions.
California, Oregon and Washington will continue to be a safe haven for all people seeking abortions and other reproductive health care services in these states. The governors of California, Oregon and Washington today issued a Multi-State Commitment to defend access to reproductive health care, including abortion and contraceptives, and committed to protecting patients and doctors against efforts by other states to export their abortion bans to our states.
NYS legislators pass bills strengthening abortion access. These include preventing extradition of a defendant in abortion-related casesand refusing to honor out-of-state subpoenas involving legal New York State abortions, unless the case is brought by a patient.
Protests for abortion rights in normally “red” places
Michigan is gearing up for a referendum.
Colorado Secretary of State
Gavin Newsom, governor of California, asks what’s wrong with Florida? This isn’t about abortion rights specifically, just a blue state governor saying things are better in his state.
Vermont abolishes slavery. Colorado, too. Apparently a number of states have laws like this hanging on and need to remove them. New Mexico removed a lot of laws discriminating against women in the 1960s, and just removed a law having to do with abortion before the Dobbs decision.
Update: And, oh yeah, Dana Milbank lists a number of Joe Biden’s actions on a number of issues. Vice President Kamala Harris made two strong speeches since the weekend, but they’ve barely bee covered.
Feel free to add in others in the comments.