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HHS Secretary Predicts Roe V. Wade Reversal Won’t ‘Stand Long’

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra doesn’t believe the Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and roll back five decades of abortion rights in the U.S. “is going to stand long,” he said Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press, as the federal government seeks to keep abortion accessible even as some states outlaw the procedure.

While the Biden Administration will continue to “heed the word of the Supreme Court,” the federal government is working to find “every avenue possible” to make sure Americans can access abortion care, Becerra said.

Becerra acknowledged the five conservative Supreme Court justices who voted to overturn Roe were unlikely to reverse their own ruling, and that alternate routes would have to be taken to keep abortion accessible.

However, he offered few details on how the Biden Administration will respond, instead saying there “are a lot of partners, public and private, who are looking into this.”

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