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U.S. VP Harris sees risks to contraception, IVF if Roe overturned -Breaking


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO – Kamala Harris, U.S. Vice President speaks at the H.R. 3525: “Commission To Study the Potential Creation of A National Museum of Asian Pacific American History and Culture Act” in the White House.

By Andrea Shalal

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris warned Tuesday that a Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade’s legalization of abortion could lead to other restrictions such as in vitro fertilization and contraception.

According to leaked majority opinions, the Supreme Court is expected to vote to repeal Roe V. Wade. Although the Supreme Court’s final decision may be different, it appears that they will do so.

Harris raised concerns during a meeting of privacy and constitutional law experts. She said that it was crucial to be prepared for any attacks on her right to privacy in the event Roe is repealed.

Jennifer Klein (director of the White House Gender Policy Council) and Julie Chavez Rodriguez (head White House intergovernmental affairs), met with separate state legislators from Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada, which are states working to ensure access to abortion.

State officials stressed the importance of preparing for an increase in outside-state abortion patients. They pointed out that certain clinics in Southwest experienced a 500% rise in patient numbers after Texas banned abortions following six weeks.

Harris, who was a California Senator and former attorney general, expressed concerns that government agencies or bad actors could be able to access apps that monitor menstrual cycles or use internet searches to trace a woman’s reproductive history.

Harris stated that Roe’s collapse could lead to IVF restrictions. This would depend on whether the life is to be started with fertilization. Harris also said that there may be limitations on certain types of contraception such as intrauterine devices (IUDs).

She said that Roe’s overturning could allow for other challenges to fundamental rights like the right of contraception, same sex marriage and the right to use contraception.

According to her, many of 13 states with so-called trigger legislations – which would ban abortion in the first trimester and the second trimester if Roe falls — are now passing laws restricting gay and transgender rights.

Harris has been bringing together healthcare providers and faith leaders to share their concerns for the last few weeks.