Democrats throughout the country have joined President Joe Biden and his staff in expressing indignation over the Supreme Court’s decision to eliminate federal abortion safeguards.
Another member of Biden’s Cabinet, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, issued a warning on Sunday, saying that the increased unrest following the decision has ‘heightened the threat environment’ surrounding the Supreme Court, as well as its Justices and their families.
After Roe was overturned, his department issued numerous warnings indicating an increased risk of violence from both the pro-choice and anti-abortion sides.
However, Becerra said on NBC News’ Meet The Press that there doesn’t seem to be much the White House can do to lessen the effects as criticism of the president’s party for delaying action to safeguard abortion rights grows.
“If you look at our laws and the way we enforce them, we must accept the Supreme Court’s advice when it is given, unless we all declare that the Supreme Court’s word is no longer valid.”
We will do that, Becerra stated.
But we will keep looking for ways to ensure that women have access to the treatment they require, including abortion care.
The health secretary said the notion had already been rejected when asked if the White House would heed requests from progressives to build abortion clinics on federally owned property in areas where the procedure has already been outlawed.
The problem is that just because something is an idea doesn’t guarantee it can be put into action.
Therefore, we want to confirm that we can put ideas into practice,’ he said.
Give us some good ideas, was Becerra’s direct request to Biden in his letter to congressional Democrats encouraging him to take greater action.
‘We’re going to look into everything. The former Californian representative for the Democratic Party in the House said, “And I also beg them to enact a bill.”
The ability to actually codify the Roe judgment, which is what we need more than anything else, is within their grasp if they can get the necessary votes.
In the meantime, it appears that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is proactively watching out for any dangers that could result from the late June Supreme Court decision.
In his interview with CBS News’ Face The Nation on Sunday, Mayorkas brought up a DHS advisory that had been distributed in early June.
In a “heightened threat advisory” released on Tuesday, DHS warned of an elevated possibility of “mass casualty violence” across the country, which would be motivated by extreme ideologies and personal convictions.
According to the bulletin, there have been “those who advocate both for and against abortion” who have “publicly promoted violence, including against government, religious, and reproductive healthcare workers and facilities, as well as [against] others with opposing viewpoints.”
On Sunday, Mayorkas stated, “We have witnessed a heightened danger environment on a lot of different explosive subjects over the last several months that galvanize people on various sides of each issue.”
His department gets engaged, according to him, “when there is a connectivity between the opposition to a certain view or an ideology of hate, a false narrative, and violence.”
We are fully aware that the danger environment has been significantly worsened as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision to reverse and overturn Roe v. Wade, Mayorkas said.
The Supreme Court and the Justices are safe and secure thanks to the resources we’ve deployed.
This includes personnel sent out to ensure the Justices’ and their families’ security.
When people choose to use violence instead of respecting their right to peacefully demonstrate, Mayorkas stated, “We do not condone violence and law enforcement will, and has, responded to acts of violence.”