Pelosi urges private companies to provide abortion trips

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” program that “it is clear” that private companies must provide travel expenses for their employees to have an abortion in a state where it’s cool if Roe x Wade was overthrown by the Supreme.

Anchor Dana Bash said: “What can you do to help women who are seeking abortions but live in states where this is prohibited?

Pelosi said: “Well, sure, that, but the fact is that we as a country – that is – are going to put that into perspective. What we want women, families and everyone to focus on is the nature of that decision. That is – our country, the genius of our founders was to have a Constitution that allowed freedom to expand. And it happened with marriage equality, it happened with Roe v. Wade, in many ways, defining freedom more fully.”

She continued: “This is the first time the court has regained a freedom that has been defined by precedent and respect for privacy. So let’s focus on who we are as a country and not turn ourselves into something where we have to rely on privacy. I think it’s okay. It’s helpful for women, and that’s important. But it is also important to know that this is not right. This is not the path of freedom for our country. So they are putting freedom at the polls. And our democracy is at the polls because of what they have – they are doing with the elections.”

Pelosi added: “But this is a place where freedom and kitchen table issues for American families come together. What decisions does a family make? What about contraception for young people? It’s just beyond a particular situation. It’s huge, in terms of contraception, in vitro fertilization, again, a woman’s right to decide. And that’s okay – we want to mitigate the damage, but we have to get rid of the damage.”

When asked about the possibility of Roe v Wade being overthrown by the Supreme Court, Pelosi said, “Who would ever suspect that a creature like Donald Trump would become President of the United States by waving a list of judges he would nominate, therefore getting the backing of the United States? far-right – and appoint these anti-freedom judges to the court. So it’s not a long game. We played a long game. We won Roe vs Wade a long time ago. We voted to protect it over time.”

She continued: “Let’s not take our eyes off the ball. The ball is this court, which is dangerous for the freedoms of our country. Beware of equality in marriage, beware of other aspects, and so it is. Let’s not waste our time on this. The fact is, this is a dangerous courtroom for families, for freedom in our country. And that’s why people have to mobilize. What I say is that we do not agonize. We organize ourselves, we go out there and make sure that people know that, if indeed, elections have consequences.”

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