“It’s time to declare a medical emergency,” Warren added.
Warren had previously made a similar suggestion on Sunday, speaking to ABC’s George Stephanopoulous, where she said that pro-abortion activists should “the president of the United States to make abortion as available as possible with the tools he has, including medication abortion, including using federal lands as a place where abortions can occur.” Warren also advocated for such actions in a New York Times op-ed co-written with Minnesota Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.), where she called for “using federal property and resources to protect people seeking abortion services locally.”
To this end, Warren and 28 other Democratic senators signed an open letter to Joe Biden on June 7th, calling on Biden to repurpose some federal lands into new abortion clinics. The letter, which was also signed by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), said that “the Department of Justice and all relevant agencies could analyze the types of reproductive health services that could be provided on federal property.”
The sentiment was echoed by far-left Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who said at a rally on Friday that “the babiest of the babiest of the baby steps” that Biden could take now would be to “open abortion clinics on federal lands in red states right now.”
However, such proposals would actually be illegal under the provisions of the Hyde Amendment, a federal law which forbids the use of federal funds for almost all abortions.
On Friday, the Supreme Court overturned both the 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade and the 1992 ruling in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, both of which maintained that abortions are a constitutionally-protected right. In the new case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the court ruled in a 6-3 decision that there is no such right guaranteed by the Constitution, and thus ordered that the matter of abortion be returned to the individual states to decide.
Warren has been among the most vocal critics of the ruling and the Supreme Court itself in the aftermath of the decision. She has publicly advocated for expanding the number of justices on the nation’s highest court, ostensibly to allow Joe Biden to appoint even more left-wing justices and put the six Republican-appointed justices into the minority.