ABC News Live: Biden admin to discuss next steps for women seeking abortions

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Transcript for ABC News Live: Biden admin to discuss next steps for women seeking abortions
THANKS FOR STREAMING WITH. US TODAY ON ABC NEWS LIVE, TRAGEDY IN TEXAS. AT LEAST 48 PEOPLE ARE DEAD AFTER BEING FOUND INSIDE A TRACTOR TRAILER. MORE THAN A DOZEN OTHERS ARE INJURED INCLUDING CHILDREN, THREE SUSPECTS ARE IN CUSTODY HERE WHY INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY BELIEVE PEOPLE FOR TRYING TO JUMP FROM THE 18 WHEELER. ALSO AHEAD, A NEW SURPRISE JANUARY SIX HEARING IS SET TO BEGIN IN JUST A FEW HOURS. WHAT WE'RE LEARNING ABOUT THE NEW EVIDENCE THE COMMITTEE PLANS THE PRESIDENT AND THE KEY WITNESS SCHEDULED TO TESTIFY. PLUS NEW FALLOUT FOR THE SUPREME COURT DECISION OVERTURNING ROE V. WADE. WE'LL LISTEN LIVE IN JUST A FEW MINUTES AS THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION IS SET TO DISCUSS NEXT STEPS FOR WOMEN SEEKING ABORTIONS IN STATES THAT ALREADY HAVE BANDS IN PLACE. WE BEGIN IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS. AT LEAST 48 PEOPLE ARE DEAD AFTER BEING FOUND INCENT A TRACTOR TRAILER IN A SUSPECTED HUMAN SMUGGLING OPERATION. FEDERAL INVESTIGATORS NOT QUESTIONING THREE SUSPECTS AND THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS IT IS MONITORING THE SITUATION CALLING IT QUOTE HORRIFIC AND HEARTBREAKING. MARIA VILLARREAL SOURCES OFF WITH THE LATEST. >> A GRUESOME DISCOVERY ON SAN ANTONIO'S SOUTHSIDE. WE'VE GOT AN 18 WHEELER, LOOKS TO BE ABOUT 60 PEOPLE THAT ARE INSIDE. LOOKS LIKE QUITE A FEW OF THEM ARE CEASED. >> PEOPLE FOUND DEAD OR -- LAW ENFORCEMENT NOW INVESTIGATING A SUSPECTED CASE OF HUMAN SMUGGLING. WITH THREE PEOPLE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL TELLS THE TEXAS TRIBUNE, IT APPEARS PEOPLE WERE TRYING TO JUMP OUT OF THE TRACTOR TRAILER BECAUSE SOME OF THE DECEASED WERE FOUND ALONG SEVERAL BLOCKS POLICE ARRIVING ON THE SCENE AFTER A NEARBY WORKER HEARD A CRY FOR HELP AND ALERTED AUTHORITIES. OFFICIALS -- >> THEY WERE SUFFERING FROM HEATSTROKE, HEAT EXHAUSTION. NO SIGNS OF WATER IN THE VEHICLE. IT WASN'T REFRIGERATED. TRACTOR TRAILER BUT THERE WAS NO VISIBLE WORKING AC UNIT. >> THE MAYOR OF SAN ANTONIO CALLING IT A HORRIFIC HUMAN TRAGEDY. >> INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE NO LONGER WITH US WHO HAD FAMILIES, WHO ARE LIKELY TRYING TO FIND A BETTER LIFE. >> AS IMMIGRATION POLICIES CONTINUE TO FLUCTUATE ON THE FEDERAL LEVEL, CITIES LIKE SAN ANTONIO ARE GETTING CAUGHT UP IN THE MIDDLE OVER THE LAST SIX MONTHS, WE HAVE SEEN A STEADY INCREASE OF MIGRANT TRAFFIC. AND THE CITY HAS BEEN BEGGING ABOUT THE STATE AND THE FED FOR HELP. THEIR CONCERN, AN IMAGE -- IF SOMETHING ISN'T DONE SOON, THIS WILL ONLY GET WORSE. DIANE. >> MARIA VILLARREAL, THANK YOU. AND THREE PEOPLE ARE DEAD AND MISSOURI AFTER AN AMTRAK TRAIN HIT A DUMP TRUCK THAT WAS ON THE TRACKS. THE TRAIN WAS CARRYING MORE THAN 240 PASSENGERS FROM LOS ANGELES TO CHICAGO. EIGHT PASSENGER CARS TO RAIL, TURNING NEARLY THE WHOLE TURNED ON ITS SIDE. TRANSPORTATION CORRESPONDENT GIO BENITEZ IS IN MINDEN, MISSOURI, WITH THE LATEST. >> INVESTIGATORS ON THE SCENE AFTER THE TERRIFYING MOMENT THAT AN AMTRAK TRAIN DERAILED AFTER SLAMMING INTO A DUMP TRUCK. >> AMTRAK TRAIN -- MULTIPLE INJURIES -- >> TO TRAIN PASSENGERS AND THE DRIVER OF THE TRUCK WERE KILLED. MORE THAN FOUR DOZEN PEOPLE INJURED. ON BOARD THE TRAIN, APPROXIMATELY 275 PASSENGERS AND 12 CREW MEMBERS. >> I WAS ON THE SIDE OF THE TRAIN THAT HIT THE GROUND FIRST AND SO EVERYBODY FELL ON TOP OF US. >> THE TRAIN WAS HEADED FROM LOS ANGELES TO CHICAGO WHEN INSTRUCTED DUMP TRUCK IN RURAL MISSOURI, DERAILING EIGHT PASSENGER CARS AND NEARLY TURNING THE ENTIRE TRAIN ON ITS SIDE. 16 BOY SCOUTS FROM WISCONSIN TRAVELING ON THE TRAIN ALSO JUMPING INTO ACTION, HELPING ADMINISTER FIRST AID TO THOSE HURT. >> THEY JUST WERE HELPING IMMOBILIZE PEOPLE ON BACK BOARDS AND GET THEM OUT SAFELY. >> IT'S NOT CLEAR WHY THE DRUM TRUCK WAS ON THE TRACK. IT'S REAL SCENE HERE AFTER THE CRASH. BUT AUTHORITIES SAY THERE ARE NO CROSSING ARMS HERE. WHICH IS ACTUALLY NOT UNUSUAL IN RURAL AREAS. >> IT'S AN UNCONTROLLED CROSS BOOK INTERSECTION ON THE GRAVEL ROAD SO NO LINES, NO ELECTRONIC CONTROL DEVICES. >> YOU CAN SEE PEOPLE SCRAMBLING TO HELP ONE ANOTHER GET OUT OF THE TRAIN. MANY SITTING ON TOP OF THE TRAIN AS FIRST RESPONDERS MAKE THEIR WAY TO THE SCENE. HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER ADJACENT DRINKER WAS ON THE TRAIN WITH SOME OF THE STUDENTS HEADING TO A COMPETITION. >> I'M VERY THANKFUL THAT EVERYONE IN MY GROUP, THEY'RE GOING HOME TONIGHT AND THEY'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO GO HOME AND BE WITH THEIR FAMILIES. >> FELLOW PASSENGERS GETTING RIGHT TO WORK TO HELP ONE ANOTHER IN A MOMENT OF CRISIS. >> THERE IS NO WAY THAT WE GOT OUT OF THIS WITHOUT GOD. THAT'S THE ONLY WAY. >> AND BACK HERE IN MISSOURI, WE CAN TELL YOU THAT MORE THAN 40 PEOPLE WERE HOSPITALIZED. WE MENTIONED HERE THAT THIS STREET DID NOT HAVE THOSE CROSSING ARMS. IT TURNS OUT THAT THE CASE IN MUCH OF RURAL AMERICA. DIANE. >> GIO BENITEZ, THANK YOU. AND JUDGES IN UTAH AND LOUISIANA HAVE TEMPORARILY BLOCKED TRIGGER LAWS FROM TAKING EFFECT THAT WOULD PLACE NEW RESTRICTIONS ON ABORTION. JUDGES GRANTED TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDERS REQUESTED BY ABORTION RIGHTS ACTIVISTS SAYING THE STATES ARE UNPREPARED FOR SUCH A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE. SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT RACHEL SCOTT HAS MORE. >> MY BODY, MY CHOICE! >> THE CHAOTIC NEXT CHAPTER IN THE FIGHT OVER ABORTION RIGHTS. AS STATEWIDE ABORTIONS FACE A WAVE OF LEGAL CHALLENGES. JUDGES IN UTAH AND LOUISIANA TEMPORARILY BLOCKING TRIGGER LAWS BUT PROVIDERS WORRY IT WON'T HOLD. >> FOR NOW, WE'RE BACK UP AND RUNNING. HOW LONG THAT WILL LAST, I DO NOT KNOW. I FEAR THAT WE WILL BE CLOSED PERMANENTLY. >> BEYOND UTAH AND LOUISIANA, AT LEAST SIX STATES ARE ENFORCING NEAR TOTAL ABORTION BANS. AND FOR MORE -- AND MORE THAN A DOZEN OTHERS SET TO TAKE ACTION IN THE COMING WEEKS. LAWS IN IDAHO, KENTUCKY AND TEXAS ALL FACING LAWSUITS. AS WELL AS THE STATE AT THE CENTER OF THE SUPREME COURT CASE, MISSISSIPPI. WHERE THE STATES LAST ABORTION CLINIC IS FIGHTING TO STAY OPEN. >> THEY WANT YOU TO KILL YOUR CHILD. >> DEMOCRATIC STATES LIKE ILLINOIS HAVE BECOME A SAFE HAVEN FOR LEGAL ABORTION. WE WENT INSIDE THIS CLINIC IN FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS. >> THE STAFF FIELDING CALLS FROM OUT OF STATE PATIENTS. >> OUR FIRST BASEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, SECOND FROM OKLAHOMA. >> DOCTOR COLLEEN MAKE NICHOLAS HELPS RUN THE CLINIC. >> ARE YOU BRACING TO SEE A SURGE IN PATIENTS? >> YEAH, WE SAID THIS IS GROUND ZERO AND MORE BRACING FOR IMPACT FOR SURE. WE SEE PATIENTS SIX DAYS A WEEK, EIGHT HOURS A DAY. BUT SOME THAT WILL BE TEN HOURS OR 12 HOURS A DAY. >> JUST 15 MILES AWAY IN MISSOURI, NEARLY ALL ABORTIONS ARE LEGAL. >> WHEN I WAS A LITTLE GIRL, I SAID I'M PART OF THE PRO-LIFE GENERATION AND WE WOULD SAY WERE THE GENERATION THAT'S GOING TO END ROW. >> REPUBLICAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE MARY ELIZABETH COLEMAN TELLS ME SHE WANTS TO PREVENT MISSOURI HEALTH CARE WORKERS FROM HELPING PATIENTS SEEK ABORTIONS AND OTHER STATES. >> WOULD I WANT TO DO IS MAKE SURE THAT ANYONE WHO IS OPERATING WITHIN THE STATE OF MISSOURI IS FOLLOWING THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI AND NOT CREATING A SHADOW NETWORK. >> AND DIANE, JUST TO GIVE YOU A SENSE, ABORTION HERE IN ILLINOIS IS STILL LEGAL. BUT THIS CLINIC BEHIND ME IS LESS THAN TEN MILES AWAY FROM WISCONSIN. WHERE ABORTIONS HAVE COMPLETELY STOPPED. PLANNED PARENTHOOD TELLS ME THAT THEY ARE EXPECTING TO SEE AT LEAST 30,000 PATIENTS TRAVEL HERE TO THE STATE OF ILLINOIS OVER THE COURSE OF THE NEXT YEAR. DIANE. >> 30, 000, RACHEL SCOTT, THANK YOU. AND PRESIDENT BIDEN HAS LANDED IN MADRID WHERE HE PLANS TO ATTEND A NATO LEADER SUMMIT BEGINNING TODAY. HE'S EXPECTED TO PUSH FOR FINLAND AND SWEDEN TO BECOME FULL NATO MEMBERS WHILE KEEPING THE ALLIANCE UNITED AGAINST VLADIMIR PUTIN. THE MEETING COMES AFTER THE PRESIDENT MET WITH G7 LEADERS IN GERMANY, ISSUING A JOINT STATEMENT COMMITTING TO FIGHT FOOD INSECURITY AND RISING ENERGY PRICES. SUPPORT THE RECONSTRUCTION OF UKRAINE AND COOPERATE ON CLIMATE CHANGE. I WANT TO BRING IN ABC NEWS WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT MARY ALICE PARKS IS TRAVELING WITH THE PRESIDENT RIGHT NOW. MARY ALICE, WESTERN LEADERS AT THE G7 CONFERENCE MET VIRTUALLY WITH PRESIDENT ZELENSKYY OF UKRAINE AND THE GROUP IS NOW CALLING THE RUSSIAN ATTACK ON A SHOPPING MALL A WAR CRIME. SO HAVE THERE BEEN TALKS OF CRIMINAL CHARGES? >> NOT YET BUT IT WAS DEFINITELY SUGGESTED IN THAT JOINT COMMENT, THAT JOINT STATEMENT FROM THE G7 LEADERS. THEY SAID THAT PUTIN AND THOSE RESPONSIBLE NEED TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. AND WE'RE EXPECTING UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT ZELENSKYY TO TALK VIRTUALLY TO THESE NATO LEADERS TO. AND YOUR RIGHT TO MENTION THAT THAT, THOSE APPLICATIONS FROM FINLAND AND SWEDEN, THAT IS FRONT AND CENTER HERE AT THESE NATO MEETINGS. THE QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER NATO WILL GET BIGGER AND ALLOW THESE TWO COUNTRIES TO JOIN, SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT WHETHER TURKEY WILL CONTINUE TO SLOW DOWN THAT PROCESS. STALLED THAT PROCESS. BUT BIG PICTURE, THESE NATO MEETINGS IN THOSE DISCUSSIONS ARE A REMINDER THAT THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT PUTIN DIDN'T WANT. A STRONGER NATO, MORE WILLING TO MAN ITS OWN BORDERS AND MORE WILLING TO BRING IN NEW MEMBERS, MORE POPULAR HERE IN EUROPE. >> G7 LEADERS SAY THEY'LL TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION TO SECURE ENERGY SUPPLIES AND REDUCED PRICE SURGES. INCLUDING POTENTIALLY EASING PRICE CALVES. WHAT IMPACT COULD THAT HAVE? >> THEY'RE HOPING THAT THIS COULD HAVE A BIG IMPACT, THESE LEADERS ARE TRYING NOT ONLY TO FIND A WAY TO PUNISH PUTIN BUT TO HELP WITH ALL THESE ECONOMIC RIPPLE EFFECTS OF THE WAR. THEY KNOW THAT PEOPLE ARE FRUSTRATED WITH SPIKES IN ENERGY PRICES AND GROWING INFLATION, THE KINDS OF THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN ONLY MADE WORSE BY THE WAR IN UKRAINE. AND SO THEY'RE HOPING THAT BY FIGURING OUT HOW TO BRING DOWN THE PRICE OF RUSSIAN OIL, MAKE SURE THAT PUTIN ISN'T JUST PROFITING FROM THESE SPIKES OF ENERGY PRICES, THEY CAN ALSO INTERN HELP SOME OF THEIR OWN CONSTITUENTS. BUT THIS WILL BE TOUGH, IT'S COMPLICATED, IT'S UNCLEAR IF THEY'LL BE ABLE TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO DO IT. BUT THAT'S EXACTLY THE KIND OF THINK THAT THEY'RE WORKING ON HERE, DIANE. >> MARY ALICE, FIRST LADY JILL BIDEN IS ALSO THERE IN MADRID. WHAT'S ON HER AGENDA THERE? >> MEETING WITH REFUGEE FAMILIES, TRYING TO REMIND PEOPLE OF THE HUMAN FACE, THE HUMAN TOLL OF THIS WAR. MEETING WITH FAMILIES WHO HAVE FLED TO SPAIN FROM UKRAINE. WE KNOW THAT HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF UKRAINIAN REFUGEES HAVE COME ALL OVER EUROPE AND ARE EAGER TO GET HOME WHEN THEY CAN. SO SHE SPENT THE MORNING DOING THAT, DIANE. >> MARY ALICE PARKS OF MADRID, APPRECIATE IT. THANK YOU. MEANWHILE, VOTERS ARE HEADED TO THE POLLS TODAY FOR PRIMARIES IN COLORADO, ILLINOIS, NEW YORK, MISSISSIPPI, OKLAHOMA AND UTAH. AND A SPECIAL ELECTION IN NEBRASKA. 5:38 SENIOR -- NATHANIEL RAY KITCHENS ME NOW FOR MORE ON THAT. NATHANIEL, SOME DEMOCRATIC GROUPS ARE SPENDING A LOT OF MONEY TO PUSH FAR RIGHT CANDIDATES IN THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARIES, ASSUMING THEY'LL BE EASIER TO DEFEAT IN NOVEMBER. COULD THAT BACKFIRE? >> ABSOLUTELY. IF YOU SPEND MONEY ON BEHALF OF THE CANDIDATE, THAT CANDIDATE COULD WIN. AND IF THEY WIN THE GENERAL ELECTION AND THEN DEMOCRATS COULD END UP WITH A MORE FURTHER RIGHT REPUBLICAN MAYBE THE -- DEMOCRATS SEEM TO BE AFRAID THAT RICHER IRVING REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR THERE WOULD BE A STRONG CANDIDATE IN NOVEMBER. AND THEN ALSO IN COLORADO AND THE SENATE RACE. DEMOCRATS ARE TRYING TO BOOZE RON HANKS WHO IS THIS KIND OF, HE ATTENDED JANUARY SIX FOR EXAMPLE SO HE'S A MORE KIND OF RIGHT-WING REPUBLICAN. AND THEY THINK THAT HE'LL BE EASY TO BEAT IN NOVEMBER. >> WHAT ARE SOME OF THE KEY RACES YOU'RE WATCHING TODAY? >> I'M WATCHING A LOT OF THESE INCUMBENT VERSUS INCUMBENT PRIMARIES SO FOR EXAMPLE, MARY MILLER MERCILESS RODNEY DAVIS IN ILLINOIS. THIS IS A KIND OF RACE BETWEEN A TRUMPY REPUBLICAN AND MORE MODERATE ONE. AND YOU HAVE DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE TWO DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE FACING OFF IN A CHICAGO SUBURBAN DISTRICT. >> NATHANIEL RAICHE, THANK YOU. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SECRETARY HAVE YOUR VOICE THERE IS NOT HOSTING A PRESS CONFERENCE IS DISCUSS NEXT STEPS FOR WOMEN SEEKING ABORTIONS. LET'S LISTEN IN. >> DECISIONS USUALLY MADE IN CONSULTATION WITH THEIR DOCTOR. NOT A POLITICIAN. AND THEY CHOSE TO UNCONSCIOUSLY STRIP AWAY THE FUNDAMENTAL HELP YOUR PROTECTIONS THAT EVERY AMERICAN OF CHILDBEARING AGE HAS KNOWN ALL THEIR LIVES. FRIDAY SUPREME COURT DECISION WAS DESPICABLE. BUT IT WAS NOT UNPREDICTABLE. HHS HAS BEEN PREPARING FOR THIS FOR SOMETIME. THAT'S WHY EARLIER THIS YEAR, WE LAUNCHED OUR HHS REPRODUCTIVE ACCESS TASK FORCE TO PLAN FOR EVERY ACTION NECESSARY TO PROTECT WOMEN'S ACCESS TO REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE. THERE IS NO MAGIC BULLET BUT IF THERE IS SOMETHING WE CAN DO, WE WILL FIND IT AND WE WILL DO IT AT HHS. INDEED, THAT WAS THE INSTRUCTION I RECEIVED FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. LAST FRIDAY PRESIDENT BIDEN ANNOUNCED THE ACTIONS HE IS TAKEN TO ENSURE MEDICATION ABORTION IS AVAILABLE TO THE FULLEST IS IMPOSSIBLE AND THAT WOMEN CAN TRAVEL SAFELY FROM STATES WHERE ABORTION IS NOW BANNED TWO STATES WHERE ABORTION IS LEGAL. HERE IS HOW HHS WILL SUPPORT THESE ISSUES. FIRST, HHS WILL TAKE STEPS TO INCREASE ACCESS TO MEDICATION ABORTION. FEDERAL LAW REQUIRES OUR PROGRAMS TO PROVIDE MEDICATION ABORTION IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES SUCH AS THE LIFE OF THE WOMAN, RAPE OR INCEST. NOW MORE THAN EVER, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT ALL FEDERALLY SUPPORTED PROGRAMS AND SERVICES ARE COMPLYING WITH THE LAW. SECOND, I'M DIRECTING THE OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS WITHIN HHS TO ENSURE PATIENT PRIVACY AND NONDISCRIMINATION FOR PATIENTS SEEKING REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE. AS WELL AS FOR PROVIDERS WHO OFFER THAT REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE SERVICE. THIRD, I AM DIRECTING THE DEPARTMENT TO EXAMINE ITS AUTHORITY UNDER THE EMERGENCY MEDICAL TREATMENT AND ACTIVE LABOR ACT AND -- TO ENSURE THAT CLINICAL JUDGMENT OF DOCTORS AND HOSPITALS IS SUPPORTED IN TREATING PREGNANT PATIENTS, INCLUDING THOSE EXPERIENCING FREQUENCY LOSS OR COMPLICATIONS. AND EVERY INFORMING THAT ABORTION CARE CAN BE APPROPRIATE TO STABILIZE PATIENTS. FOURTH, I AM DIRECTING ALL AGENCIES IN MY DEPARTMENT TO WORK TO ENSURE THAT ALL PROVIDERS FROM DOCTORS TO PHARMACISTS TO CLINICS HAVE APPROPRIATE TRAINING IN RESOURCES TO HANDLE FAMILY PLANNING NEEDS INCLUDING ADMINISTERING PATIENT REFERRALS FOR CARE AND HELPING PATIENTS NAVIGATE THIS NEW REALITY. FIFTH, I AM DIRECTING THE CENTER FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES, CMS, TO TAKE EVERY LEGALLY AVAILABLE STEP TO PROTECT FAMILY PLANNING CARE. INCLUDING AN EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTIVE AND LONG ACTING REVERSIBLE CONTRACEPTION SUCH AS IUDS. HEALTH CARE IS A MATTER TO BE DECIDED BY PATIENTS AND THEIR PROVIDERS. AS PART OF THESE EFFORTS, WE WILL MAKE CLEAR THAT FAMILY PLANNING PROVIDERS ARE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MEDICAID PROGRAM. THESE CLINICS PROVIDE SAFE CARE AND HAVE A VAST EXPERTISE IN PROVIDING REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE. LET ME NOW TELL YOU A LITTLE MORE ABOUT WHY I THINK MEDICATION ABORTION IS SO CRITICAL. MEDICATION ABORTION HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE FDA FOR YEARS, AND IT IS SAFE FOR PATIENTS. IT IS A GOLD STANDARD FOR CARE WHEN IS SOMEONE WHO IS PREGNANT EXPERIENCES A MISCARRIAGE, WHICH IS ALL TOO REAL FOR MANY EXPECTANT MOTHERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I SAY THIS AS A SPOUSE OF A MORE THAN 30 YEAR HYDRO SCOBEY JULIAN. THE SUPREME COURT'S DECISION WILL RESULT IN WORSE HEALTH OUTCOMES AND DEATH FOR SOME PATIENTS. WORKING TO INCREASE ACCESS TO THIS DRUG IS A NATIONAL IMPERATIVE, AND IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST. WE WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE FTA AND ITS RIGOROUS, SCIENTIFIC REVIEW FOR THESE SAFE AND EFFECTIVE DRUGS. WE WILL ALSO WORK WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AS THEY WORK TO ENSURE THAT STATES MAY NOT BAN MEDICATION ABORTION BASED ON A DISAGREEMENT WITH THE FDA'S EXPERT JUDGMENT ABOUT THE DRUG'S SAFETY. AND WE WILL ISSUE GUIDANCE TO PROVIDERS TO ENSURE THEY RECEIVE ACCURATE AND ROBUST INFORMATION ON MEDICATION ABORTION. THE HHS REPRODUCTIVE TASK FORCE WILL REPORT TO ME ON ADDITIONAL IMPACTFUL WAYS TO ENSURE APPROPRIATE INFORMATION ABOUT ACCESS TO AND COVERAGE FOR SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE. AS WELL AS COORDINATE OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES. I WAS AT A PLANNED PARENT CLINIC IN ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, ON FRIDAY MORNING WHEN THE SUPREME COURT OVERTURNED ROE V. WADE. I SAW IN REALTIME THE IMPACT OF THIS UNCONSCIONABLE DECISION. THE CLINICAL DIRECTOR HAD TO ALMOST MEDIATELY START TURNING AWAY PATIENTS AS THE STATES BAN WENT INTO EFFECT. THIS CLINIC HAS STOPPED PROVIDING SAFE AND LEGAL ABORTION CARE. PEOPLE IN THE ROOM WERE VISIBLY SHAKEN. THERE WERE TEARS. AND THERE WAS AN UNSHAKABLE SENSE OF SADNESS. NOW, AFTER MY VISIT TO THE CLINIC IN ST. LOUIS, I TRAVELED A SHORT DISTANCE ACROSS THE STATE LINE TO ANOTHER CLINIC IN FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, ILLINOIS, A STATE THAT UNLIKE MISSOURI, STILL HAS LAWFUL ABORTION CARE. THERE, I VISITED A SITE THAT HELPS PATIENTS GET CARE BY PROVIDING ASSISTANCE RANGING FROM HELPING PATIENTS FIND APPOINTMENTS TO PAYING FOR THEIR TRAVEL EXPENSES, TO PROVIDING ABORTION CARE. IT WAS SHOCKING THAT IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, A SHORT DRIVE CAN MAKE SUCH A DIRE AND DRACONIAN DEATH -- DIFFERENCE IN HEALTH CARE OUTCOMES. I SAW RESTRICTIONS THAT LEAVE WOMEN AND FAMILIES ON AN EQUAL FOOTING AND WIDEN MATERNAL HEALTH DISPARITIES. THE IMPACT WAS VISIBLE AND REAL. THIS IS A CRITICAL MOMENT IN OUR HISTORY. HOW WE RESPOND WILL SPEAK TO HOW WE VIEW THE RIGHTS, THE DIGNITY, AND THE WELL-BEING OF WOMEN EVERYWHERE. THIS IS A MOMENT OF CRISIS AND HEALTH CARE. AT HHS, WE WILL LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED. ALL OPTIONS ARE ON THE TABLE. WE WILL DO EVERYTHING WITHIN OUR LEGAL LIMIT OF THE LAW TO REACH PATIENTS AND SUPPORT PROVIDERS. I KNOW WE ARE ALL TIRED, OUR HEARTS ARE HEAVY AND BROKEN BY THIS LOSS OF RIGHTS AND DIGNITY. BUT NOW IS THE TIME FOR US TO CONTINUE MOVING FORWARD FOR THE MANY ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO LIVE NOW IN BANNED ABORTION STATES, WHO LACK VOICE AND THE REPRESENTATION THEY NEED. I AM PREPARED TO TAKE ANY QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE. >> YOU CAN GO AHEAD AND SELECT WHO SPEAKS. >> HI. HAS HHS INSTRUCTED THE FDA TO SPEED UP THE PROCESS BY WHICH PHARMACIES GET CERTIFIED TO DISPENSE ANOTHER CHRIS STONE? AND YOU ALSO MENTIONED ACCESS TO MEDICATION ABORTION. WILL THAT INCLUDE SUPPORTING JIM BIO'S ONGOING LAWSUIT IN MISSISSIPPI? THE MANUFACTURERS ARE DEALING WITH THE FDA'S ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS. >> SO, MEDICATION ABORTION IS AVAILABLE. DRUGS LIKE A METHOD BRIMSTONE HAVE BEEN SHOWN TO BE SAFE AND EFFECTIVE. I WILL LET THE FDA RESPOND TO WHAT IT WILL DO AND WHAT IT IS IN THE PROCESS OF DOING. BUT I CERTAINLY WILL TELL YOU THAT WE ARE WORKING WITH THE FDA TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE AMERICANS WITH ACCESS TO SAFE AND EFFECTIVE TREATMENTS. WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH PARTNERS, WHETHER PUBLIC OR PRIVATE, TO MAKE SURE THAT WOMEN HAVE ACCESS TO THE REPRODUCTIVE CARE SERVICES AND TREATMENTS THAT THEY NEED. >> THANK YOU, NEXT QUESTION. >> I, MAYA GOLDMAN WITH MODERN HEALTH CARE. YOU MENTIONED THAT YOU ARE DIRECTING OCR TO PROTECT PRIVACY FOR PATIENTS AND PROVIDERS. CAN YOU ELABORATE ON WHAT THAT WILL LOOK LIKE? >> UNDER FEDERAL LAW, PATIENTS HAVE RIGHTS TO PRIVACY. THEY HAVE RIGHTS TO ACCESS TO CERTAIN TYPES OF CARE. WE WILL MAKE SURE THAT WE BOTH INVESTIGATE AND THEN ENFORCE THE LAW TO MAKE SURE THAT PROVIDERS ARE IN COMPLIANCE. THAT PATIENTS ARE BEING PROVIDED WITH THE CARE THAT THEY DESERVE. WE DON'T WANT ANYONE'S PRIVATE HEALTH INFORMATION, FOR EXAMPLE, TO BE LEAKED IN WAYS THAT VIOLATE FEDERAL LAW. WE ALSO WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT NO ONE MISUNDERSTANDS WHAT THE SUPREME COURT'S RULING ON FRIDAY MEANS. THAT THEY DO NOT BELIEVE THEY HAVE ANY RIGHTS WHATSOEVER. RIGHTS CONTINUE FORWARD, WHETHER IT'S FAMILY PLANNING, WHETHER IT'S IN BIRTH CONTROL SERVICES. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THERE'S NO MISUNDERSTANDING AND IF WE WILL ENFORCE ANY VIOLATIONS ABOVE THOSE RIGHTS. >> DO YOU HAVE A SENSE OF WHAT'S SPECIFIC ACTIONS TO ENFORCE THOSE WILL LOOK LIKE? WE'LL BE AUDITS, SURVEYS? WHAT WILL THAT POSSIBLY LOOK LIKE? >> JUST AS WE ARE KEEPING EVERY OPTION ON THE TABLE OF WHAT WE CAN TRY TO DO, WE WILL KEEP EVERY OPTION ON THE TABLE OF WHAT WE CAN DO TO ENFORCE THE LAW. >> OKAY, OUR NEXT QUESTION COMES FROM VICTORIA KNIGHT. >> THANK YOU. SO, CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS ARE CALLING FOR THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION TO CREATE CLINICS WHERE PEOPLE COULD ACCESS ABORTIONS ON FEDERAL LANDS. ARE THERE ANY PLANS TO DO SO? AND IF SO, WHERE WOULD THAT BE? WITH FBI NATIONAL PARKLAND, OR WOULD THAT BE ON VA FACILITIES? IS IT SOMETHING YOU ALL ARE LOOKING AT? THANK YOU. >> THANKS, VICTORIA. BUT I CAN TELL YOU IS THAT WE ARE AWARE OF A NUMBER OF IDEAS AND PROPOSALS, MANY OF WHICH WE HAVE BEEN CONSIDERING INTERNALLY OURSELVES. WE HAVE MADE NO DECISIONS YET, BUT WE CERTAINLY WOULD HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH THE PRESIDENT TO MAKE SURE WE IMPLEMENT HIS DIRECTIVES TO US IN TRYING TO PROTECT WOMEN'S REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE SERVICES. BUT AS I SAID, EVERY OPTION IS ON THE TABLE. WE WILL TAKE A LOOK AT EVERYTHING WE CAN AND EVERYTHING WE DO WILL BE IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE LAW. >> NPR. >> HI. MY QUESTION IS, YOU'VE MENTIONED A BUNCH OF HEALTH AGENCIES INCLUDING FDA AND CMS, AND THE THINGS ARE HAPPENING THERE. I AM CURIOUS ABOUT THE PUBLIC HEALTH IMPACT. IN THIS CASE, A LOT OF EXPERTS ARE WARNING THAT PREGNANT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO DIE. AND THE CDC DOES PREVENTION. WHAT ACTIONS COULD CDC BE DOING AND WHAT IS HAPPENING ON THAT FRONT? >> I WON'T PRETEND TO BE ABLE TO SPEAK ELOQUENTLY FOR EVERYTHING CDC CAN DO. SO I KNOW YOU WILL POSE THE QUESTION DIRECTLY TO CDC. BUT THIS IS WHAT I CAN TELL YOU. THEY ARE IN THE BUSINESS OF PREVENTION, THEY ARE IN THE BUSINESS OF EDUCATION INFORMATION. AND I GUARANTEE THAT WE WILL BE USING EVERY AGENCY, INCLUDING CDC, TO MAKE SURE WE ARE GETTING AMERICANS THE INFORMATION THEY NEED SO THEY CAN EXERCISE THEIR RIGHTS. SO THE CDC WILL OBVIOUSLY PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE, ESPECIALLY AS WE LOOK AT THIS ON A GRANDER SCALE OF THE IMPACT TO PUBLIC HEALTH. >> I WILL TAKE ANOTHER QUESTION AT THIS POINT. CHERYL SILVER, NEW YORK TIMES. >> HI, I'M CHERYL STOLBERG FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES. TWO QUESTIONS. FIRST, WITH RESPECT TO MEDICATION ABORTION, IS IN THE POSITION OF THE DEPARTMENT THAT BECAUSE THE FDA HAS APPROVED THESE PILLS, THAT ANY DOCTOR IN ANY STATE MAY PRESCRIBE THEM? AND THEN SECOND, WITH RESPECT TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD, YOU KNOW WHO PLANNED PARENTHOOD HAS BEEN EXCLUDED FROM MEDICAID FAMILY PLANNING PROGRAMS IN CERTAIN STATES, INCLUDING MISSOURI. IS IT THE DEPARTMENTS POSITION AT THOSE EXCLUSIONS ARE A VIOLATION OF FEDERAL LAW? >> CHERYL, BECAUSE THOSE ARE SOME OF PRECISE QUESTIONS, I'M GOING TO TRY TO GIVE YOU PRECISE AN ANSWER AS I BELIEVE AT THIS STAGE I CAN. AND WITH MY LEGAL COUNSEL IN FRONT OF ME, I WANT TO MAKE SURE I STAY WITHIN MY LANE. THE FDA HAS FOUND MEDICATION ABORTION TREATMENTS LIKE MATT CHRIS DON'T SAFE AND EFFECTIVE. IN THIS COUNTRY, IN ORDER FOR DRUGS TO BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, THE FDA MUST ACT, CONSIDER THAT DRUG, AND ANNOUNCE WHETHER OR NOT IT HAS FOUND IT TO BE SAFE AND EFFECTIVE. MISS OPPRESS DON'T, THOSE MEDICATIONS THAT MAY BE CLASSIFIED AS MEDICATION ABORTION THAT HAVE RECEIVED FDA'S APPROVAL OF SAFE AND EFFECTIVE ARE THEREFORE AVAILABLE FOR PRESCRIPTION. BUT I WON'T DO IS TELL YOU EXACTLY WHAT THAT MEANS. AS I SAID BEFORE, WE ARE GOING TO STAY WITHIN THE CONFINES OF THE LAW. EVEN THOUGH I BELIEVE IT JEOPARDIZES THE HEALTH OF WOMEN, WE WILL STAY WITHIN THE CONFINES OF THE LAW. I WANT TO MAKE SURE WHATEVER WE TELL YOU IS WITHIN THE CONFINES OF THE LAW. MEDICATION ABORTION, THOSE TREATMENTS THAT THE FDA HAS SIGNED OFF ON A SAFE AND EFFECTIVE ARE AVAILABLE TO BE PRESCRIBED. UNDER WHAT CONDITIONS, STAY TUNED. ON THE SECOND QUESTION, WHICH WAS? >> THE SECOND QUESTION WAS PLANNED PARENTHOOD CONTENDS THAT EXCLUSION FROM'S FAMILY PLANNING PROGRAMS VIOLATES FEDERAL LAW. DO YOU AGREE THAT VIOLATES FEDERAL LAW? >> UNDER OUR LAW, OUR FEDERAL LAWS, THERE ARE CERTAIN SERVICES THAT MUST BE MADE AVAILABLE. TO THOSE WHO ARE RECEIVING CARE UNDER PROGRAMS ADMINISTERED OR FUNDED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THAT INCLUDES, IN SOME CASES, ABORTION SERVICES. WE WILL MAKE SURE THAT IF A STATE IS UTILIZING FEDERAL FUNDS UNDER FEDERAL PROGRAMS, THAT THEY RESPECT THE LAWS AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL THAT A INCLUDE SERVICES UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS. >> WE WILL TAKE ON THE QUESTION NOW. ABC NEWS. >> I'M MARY BRUCE WITH ABC NEWS. THANK YOU MISTER SECRETARY. SO FAR YOU SEEM TO BE RESTATING LARGELY EXISTING POLICY, REMINDING AMERICANS OF THE ASSISTANCE IT IS AVAILABLE. BUT YOU YOURSELF JUST AT THIS DECISION WAS NOT UNPREDICTABLE. WHEN CAN WE EXPECT MORE CONCRETE STEPS TO BE ANNOUNCED? WHAT'S THE HOLDUP HERE? OR ARE YOU ACKNOWLEDGING THAT YOUR HANDS ARE LARGELY TIED? >> MARY, IT'S A LONG DECISION. AND IT DID UPEND 50 YEARS OF PRECEDENT. SO YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WHAT YOU DO IS WITHIN THE CONFINES OF THE LAW. WE ARE NOT INTERESTED IN GOING ROGUE AND DOING THINGS JUST BECAUSE. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WHAT WE TELL AMERICANS IS ACCURATE, BECAUSE WE KNOW AMERICANS ARE HEARING A LOT OF INACCURATE INFORMATION. TO EVERY AMERICAN WHO IS IMPACTED, MY APOLOGIES THAT AS I SAID, WE CAN'T TELL YOU THERE'S A SILVER BULLET. BUT WHAT I AM SAYING TO YOU IS THAT THE MORE WE DID, WE WILL DO EVERYTHING WE CAN WITH WHAT WE FIND TO MAKE SURE WE ARE PROTECTING WOMEN'S REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE SERVICES. IT TAKES A LITTLE TIME, BECAUSE WE WANT TO DO IT RIGHT AND WE WANT TO DO IT ACCORDING TO THE LAW. >> I WANT TO FOLLOW UP. HE SAID YESTERDAY THAT YOU ARE LOOKING AT POSSIBLE WAYS TO HELP WOMEN WITH TRANSPORTATION. WOMEN MAY NEED TO TRAVEL TO ANOTHER STATE TO GET AN ABORTION. WHAT OPTIONS ARE ON THE TABLE. ARE YOU CONSIDERING VOUCHERS, THINGS LIKE THAT? AND HOW DO YOU ENSURE THAT IT DOESN'T CONFLICT WITH THE HYDE AMENDMENT. >> ONCE WE TELL YOU EXACTLY WHAT WE BELIEVE WE ARE ABLE TO DO, AND HAVE THE MONEY TO DO, WE WILL LET YOU KNOW. BUT UNTIL THEN, WOULD I CAN SIMPLY SAY TO YOU IS THAT EVERY OPTION IS ON THE TABLE. THANK YOU. >> ONE MARCHED QUESTION, IT LOOKS LIKE. IN THE THIRD ROW. >> THANK YOU. >> I WANT TO GO BACK TO THE QUESTION ABOUT REPRODUCTION IN PARTICULAR. ARE YOU AT THE DOJ THINKING SERIOUSLY ABOUT FILING A LAWSUIT THAT MY CHALLENGE STATE LAWS BANNING ACCESS TO MEDICATION ABORTION, GIVEN THE FDA'S APPROVAL? AND AS A FOLLOW-UP TO THAT, FOR THE FOLKS WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT BEING CRIMINALIZED, IF THEY DO TAKE MIFEPRISTONE AND GO TO THE ER, ARE YOU PREPARED TO DEFEND HIM IN COURT? >> WE WILL CERTAINLY ASSERT AND DEFEND OUR LEGAL AUTHORITIES. WE WILL CERTAINLY ENFORCE FEDERAL LAW. WE WILL ABSOLUTELY PROTECT AMERICANS RIGHTS TO CARE UNDER FEDERAL LAW. AND WE WILL DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO MAKE SURE AMERICANS UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR RIGHTS ARE. WHAT EXACTLY THAT TRANSLATES INTO DEPENDS ON WHAT A STATE TRIES TO DO. AND WHAT I CAN SIMPLY TELL YOU IS THAT WE WILL CONTINUE TO TRY TO CLARIFY FOR YOU, BUT MOSTLY FOR THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, WHAT THEIR RIGHTS ARE, WHAT OUR AUTHORITIES ARE. SO THAT WAY, THEY KNOW IF INDEED ANYONE, WHETHER A STATE POLITICIAN, OR A PROVIDER IN YOUR STATE IS VIOLATING YOUR RIGHTS. WE WILL TRY TO BE THERE, AND WE WILL TRY TO MAKE IT CLEAR WHAT YOUR RIGHTS ARE. BUT IT'S TOUGH TO ANSWER SOME OF THESE QUESTIONS MORE PRECISELY UNTIL WE KNOW EXACTLY WITH THE STATES ARE DOING. IF WE SEE A STATE, FOR EXAMPLE, TRYING TO DENY A PARTICULAR PATIENT CARE IN AN EMERGENCY ROOM, WHICH COULD INCLUDE ABORTION CARE SERVICES IF IT'S APPROPRIATE TO PRESERVE THAT WOMAN'S LIFE OR HEALTH, WE WILL TAKE ACTION. WE WILL DO EVERYTHING WE CAN, BUT WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE FIRST AMERICANS KNOW THEIR RIGHTS ARE. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE IT'S CLEAR THAT AMERICANS DIDN'T LOSE EVERY RIGHT THEY HAD. AMERICANS STILL CAN ASSERT THEIR RIGHTS AND WE WILL DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO PROTECT THEM. >> [INAUDIBLE] >> WE HAVE HEARD CASES, WE HAVE HEARD REPORTS AND COMPLAINTS, WE ARE GOING TO MOVE AS AGGRESSIVELY AS WE CAN UNDER THE LAW TO BOTH INVESTIGATE AND ENFORCE. WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO ENFORCE BASED ON THE LAW AND SO WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE COLLECTED THE EVIDENCE BUT WE ARE INTENT ON PROTECTING PEOPLES RIGHTS UNDER THE LAW. >> THANK YOU, SECRETARY. AT THIS TIME WE'RE GOING TO CONCLUDE AND WE'RE HAVING TO FOLLOW UP WITH ANY OTHER QUESTIONS LATER, THANK YOU. >> THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH. >> THAT WAS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SECRETARY JAVIER BECERRA TEICHMAN FARC MINISTRATION IS TAKING AFTER THE SUPREME COURT OVERTURNED ROE V. WADE. THE SARAH SAYS HHS WILL CONTINUE TO INCREASE ACCIDENTS TO MEDICATION ABORTION AND ENSURE PATIENT PRIVACY AND DISCRIMINATION MIELKE MIELKE AS WELL AS PROVIDERS EXAM OF THE DEPARTMENTS AUTHORITY TO ENSURE THAT CLINICAL JUDGMENTS OF DOCTORS AND HOSPITALS IS SUPPORTED IN TREATING PREGNANT PATIENTS. AND WORKING TO ENSURE THAT ALL PROVIDERS FROM DOCTORS TO PHARMACISTS TO CLINICS HAVE APPROPRIATE TRAINING AND RESOURCES TO HANDLE FAMILY PLANNING NEEDS. AND THEN TO TAKE EVERY LEGAL AVAILABLE STILL TO PROTECT FAMILY PLANNING CARE INCLUDING EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION AND CONTRACEPTION LIKE IUDS. FOR MORE ON THIS, I WANT TO BRING IN ABC NEWS SENIOR POLICY REPORTER AND CLARITY, WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT MARY ALICE PARKS IS TRAVELING WITH THE PRESIDENT OVERSEAS. AND DOCTOR GENEVIEVE -- PHYSICIAN LEADER FOR AMERICAN COLLEGE OF OBSTETRICIANS AND GYNECOLOGISTS. I WANT TO START WITH YOU, HOW MUCH OF WHAT WE HEARD FROM SECRETARY BECERRA'S NEW AND HOW MUCH OF THIS WAS JUST HIM REALLY REITERATING EXISTING POLICY? >> DIANE, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING THAT HE TALKED ABOUT TODAY CHANGES THE BALL GAME. THIS IS ACTUALLY STATUS QUO. WHAT HE DID IS HE WENT OVER EVERY EXISTING RIGHT. HE TALKED ABOUT THAT UNDER THE ACA INSURERS HAD TO PROVIDE CONTRACEPTIVES. HE TALKED ABOUT MEDICATION ABORTION BEING AVAILABLE BUT ACKNOWLEDGING THAT IT'S NOT A LOOPHOLE. TELE-HEALTH IS NOT A LOOPHOLE. YOU CAN ONLY GET ACCESS TO THIS MEDICATION ABORTION IF IT'S ALLOWED UNDER YOUR STATE LAW. CLINICIANS CANNOT PRESIDED ACROSS STATE LINES. HE SPOKE VERY CAREFULLY HE MENTIONED THAT HIS LEGAL COUNSEL WAS SITTING UP FRONT. I THOUGHT THAT WAS VERY INTERESTING. OUR MARY BRUCE TRIED TO PRESS HIM ON THIS. HE HAD HINTED BEFORE THAT THERE WERE SOME OPTIONS THAT HE WAS GOING TO CONSIDER SUCH AS PAYING FOR TRANSPORTATION FOR WOMEN TO GET OUT OF THEIR STATES. BUT WHEN SHE PRESSED HIM ON IT, HE SAID HE NOW WE WANT TO BE VERY CAREFUL, WE ARE NOT GOING TO GO ROW HERE. WE ARE GOING TO ADHERE TO THE LAW. HE MADE THAT VERY CAREFUL AND HE SAID CLEAR AND HE SAID THERE IS NO SILVER BULLET ON THIS. EVERY OPTION IS ON THE TABLE STAY TUNED. >> DOCTOR EXTENSION, HOW HELPFUL DO YOU THINK IT IS FOR PATIENTS AND PROVIDERS TO HEAR WITH THE SECRETARY HAD TO SAY AND WHAT MORE WOULD YOU LIKE TO HEAR? >> THANK YOU FOR HAVING US ON. THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF AUSPICIOUS AND GYNECOLOGIST WHO ARE PRESENT TODAY AND I'M THE LEADER OF REPRESENTS OVER 60,000 OB/GYN OF THIS COUNTRY. WHO TAKE CARE OF PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO NEED THE CARE THAT SECRETARY BECERRA WAS TALKING ABOUT. WE'RE GRATEFUL THAT HE AND THE ADMINISTRATION ARE SPEAKING ABOUT REIMBURSING THE -- STILL HAVE. WE HE, ALSO IS ACKNOWLEDGING AND I THINK REFLECTING THE ABSOLUTE CONFUSION THAT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. WHILE WE EXPECTED AND THOUGHT THAT THIS RULING MIGHT COME DOWN, WE ALSO KNEW AND EXPECTED THAT THIS WOULD PAUSE OBJECT CHAOS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WITH A PATCHWORK OF LAWS AND POLICIES IN WHICH DOCTORS, OTHER HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AS WELL AS PATIENTS AREN'T ABLE TO UNDERSTAND AND WADE THROUGH. HE'S ALSO REFLECTING THE LIMINAL SPACES THAT OFTENTIMES ARE REFLECTED IN PREGNANCY CARE. AND ACKNOWLEDGING THAT ABORTION CARE IS A PART OF THE SPECTRUM OF PREGNANCY CARE. I AM HOPEFUL TO HEAR MORE FROM SECRETARY BECERRA THE ADMINISTRATION, PARTICULARLY AROUND GUIDANCE. HE MENTIONED HIM TELE-AND THAT'S ONE THING THAT WE ARE TALKING A LOT ABOUT AND CONCERNED ABOUT IN TERMS OF THE EMERGENCY SITUATION AND MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE -- CAN STAY SAFE. MAYBE ARE NOT AS STRAIGHTFORWARD AS THE NON EXPERTS THAT ARE WRITING THESE LAWS WOULD LIKE TO THINK THAT THEY ARE. AS WELL AS GUIDANCE FOR PRIVACY FOR PATIENTS AS WELL AS PHYSICIANS. AND SO WE ARE CERTAINLY LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH SECRETARY BECERRA AND HHS AS WELL AS SUPPORTING ALL OF THE EVIDENCE BASED IN SCIENCE BASED WRITES THAT PATIENTS AND PROVIDERS HOPEFULLY STILL HAVE. >> MARY ALICE, PRESIDENT BIDEN HAS BEEN UNDER A LOT OF PRESSURE FROM DEMOCRATS TO DO MORE IN RESPONSE TO THIS SUPREME COURT RULING AND THE TRIGGER LAWS IN PLACE NOW IN SEVERAL STATES. IS THIS WHAT THEY WERE LOOKING FOR? >> ABSOLUTELY NOT, DIANE. THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN QUITE ON THIS SINCE FRIDAY. HE'S BEEN HERE FOCUSED ON HIS INTERNATIONAL AGENDA. AND FACING SO MANY QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS OF HIS OWN PARTY BACK HOME TO DO MORE. I CAN'T IMAGINE THAT ACTIVISTS, FELLOW DEMOCRATS WERE VERY HAPPY WITH WHAT THEY HEARD FROM SECRETARY BECERRA TODAY. THEY'VE BEEN ASKING FOR BOLD ACTION. I WAS TALKING TO SENATOR MURRAY'S OFFICE THIS LAST WEEKEND AND SHE IS THE CHAIR OF THE HEALTH COMMITTEE IN THE SENATE. SHE'S NOT EXACTLY SOME HUGE PROGRESSIVE, SHE WORKS CLOSELY WITH THE ADMINISTRATION. PRETTY MODERATE THOUGHTFUL DEMOCRAT THAT'S WORKING CLOSELY WITH ADMINISTRATION ON ALL OF THIS AND EVEN SHE WAS WILLING TO EXPRESS GST FRUSTRATION. SAYING THAT THE ADMINISTRATION SHOULD'VE HAD PLANS, EXECUTIVE ACTIONS READY ON DAY ONE. AND TELLING ME THAT -- THEY THOUGHT THAT THE PRESIDENT ADMINISTRATION NEEDED TO PUSH THE ENVELOPE HERE. TAKE RESCUE, SEE WHAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COULD DO TO TRY TO INCREASE ACCESS TO ABORTION CARE. THAT'S NOT THE KIND OF LANGUAGE THAT WE GOT FROM SECRETARY FOR SARA. JUST LIKE ANALYSTS SAYING. THIS WAS A CAUTIOUS DIGNITARY UP THEIR, VERY PRUDENT. THE VERY CAREFUL WITH THIS WORD. AND REALLY GOING OUT OF HIS WAY TO SAY THAT HE WASN'T SURE YET WHAT THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO DO. HE DIDN'T SAY WHETHER THEY BE ABLE TO MAKE THE ABORTION PILL AVAILABLE IN PHARMACIES AND WHERE THE FDA WOULD LAND ON THAT. HE DIDN'T SAY WHETHER THEY BE ABLE TO USE FUNDS TO HELP PEOPLE TRAVEL ACROSS STATE LINES. I IMAGINE THERE'S GONNA BE A LOT OF ACTIVISTS FRUSTRATED AFTER THIS PRESS CONFERENCE. >> AND DOCTOR -- ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE HEARD THE SECRETARY DRILL DOWN ON WAS SAYING THAT HE WANTS TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE ARE INFORMED. IT SOUNDED LIKE HE WAS TALKING ABOUT PROVIDERS THAT, ABORTION CARE CAN BE APPROPRIATE TO STABILIZE PATIENTS. WHO DO YOU THINK THAT WAS GARRETT, AT PROVIDERS, DO YOU THINK THAT WAS CURED AT LAWMAKERS? AND CAN YOU JUST EXPAND ON THAT A LITTLE BIT, THE KINDS OF CASES WHERE AN ABORTION IS NECESSARY TO STABILIZE THE PATIENT? >> ABSOLUTELY. SO AS I MENTIONED, PREGNANCY CARE AND PARTICULARLY CARE PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS IS NOT ALWAYS STRAIGHTFORWARD. WE'VE BEEN TALKING A LOT OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS ABOUT EXCEPTIONS, PARTICULARLY FOR THE LIFE OF THE MOTHER OR A PREGNANT PATIENT. THE PROBLEM IS THAT DOESN'T REALLY FIT INTO THE REALITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCE AND THE WAY THAT WE PRACTICE. OFTENTIMES, SOMEONE MAY BE ACTIVELY MISCARRYING BUT STILL HAS CARDIO ACTIVITY OR STILL HAS A LIVE FETUS. AND THE APPROPRIATE AND BEST TREATMENT FOR THAT PATIENT IS TO EVACUATE THE UTERUS OR IN THAT CASE, IN SOME PLACES, THAT WOULD BE CONSIDERED AN ABORTION. HOWEVER, THAT IS TREATMENT FOR A LIFE-THREATENING CONDITION. AND SO WOULD I THINK THAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT WAS BOTH -- AS WELL AS LAWMAKERS THAT HHS, AS WELL AS THE ADMINISTRATION, IS ACKNOWLEDGING THAT THIS IS A COMPLEX, THAT THE SCIENCE IS COMPLEX AND THAT TRULY ALL OF THESE DECISIONS TO BE MADE WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE PATIENT POSITION RELATIONSHIP. AND THAT PATIENTS ULTIMATELY NEED TO HAVE THE BROAD AND FULL SPECTRUM OF CARE AND IT SHOULDN'T BE LIMITED BY THE IDEOLOGICAL BELIEF ABOUT WHEN LIFE BEGINS OR WHEN LIFE ENDS OR WHAT IS AND ISN'T AN ABORTION. PARTICULARLY WHEN IT'S DESCRIBED BY LAWMAKERS WHO ARE NOT EXPERTS. I'VE SPENT DECADES OF MY LIFE TRAINING TO BECOME AN EXPERT TO TAKE CARE OF PREGNANT PEOPLE AS WELL AS OTHER CONDITIONS. I DELIVER BABIES AS WELL AS PROVIDED PORTION CARE. I UNDERSTAND THAT THESE SITUATIONS ARE EXTRAORDINARY, EXTRAORDINARILY COMPLEX. AS TO MY PATIENTS. AND I AM FRANKLY CONFUSED BY SOME OF THESE LAWS AND WHAT IS FORCING ME TO DO AS A PHYSICIAN AND MY COLLEAGUES IN SOME STATES THAT ARE EXTREMELY RESTRICTIVE. IS DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT I'M WILLING TO RISK THE PENALTIES OF THOSE LAWS. RISK CIVIL, PROFESSIONAL, SOMETIMES EVEN CRIMINAL PENALTIES TO CARE FOR PATIENTS IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS. CAN I ASK YOU, WHAT IF THE SITUATION YOU JUST DESCRIBED, WOULDN'T THAT FALL UNDER THE EXCEPTION TO PROTECT THE LIFE OF THE PATIENT? >> IT DEPENDS ON WHO IS INTERPRETING THAT. IF IT'S SOMEONE WHO'S NOT A MEDICAL EXPERT, THERE IS NOT A WHITE LINE THAT SAYS, OKAY, YOU ARE OFFICIALLY DYING. IT IS A SPECTRUM. WHAT WE DO IN MEDICINE IS TRYING TO KEEP SOMEONE AS FAR AWAY FROM THE POINT OF ALMOST DYING AS POSSIBLE. WE TREAT WITH THE BEST EVIDENCE AND WITH COUNSELING, AND WITH PATIENT INPUT AS EARLY AS WE POSSIBLY CAN. WHAT THESE EXCEPTIONS AND THESE LAWS ARE FORCING US TO DO IN THESE VERY SPECIFIC BUT NOT UNCOMMON EMERGENCY SITUATIONS IS WAIT LONGER THAN WE NORMALLY WOULD. PEOPLE GET SICKER THAN THEY NORMALLY WOULD, BECAUSE WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE AT LEAST TRYING WE ARE FOLLOWING THE LAW. IT IS AN INTERFERENCE IN THE WAY WE PRACTICE MEDICINE, AND IT'S FRANKLY CRUEL. >> SO, AND, WHAT ELSE DOES THE WHITE HOUSE HAVE THEY'RE IN THEIR TOOL BOX HERE? WHAT ELSE COULD BE COMING? >> WELL, WE'VE CERTAINLY HEARD FROM DEMOCRATS, PROGRESSIVES WHO SAY THEY WANT TO SEE THE GOVERNMENT RELEASE FEDERAL LANDS TO ABORTION CLINICS. THE WHITE HOUSE HAS THROWN THAT OUT. THEY SAY THAT IT WOULD KEEP PEOPLE SAFE, PEOPLE COULD BE PROSECUTED AS SOON AS THEY WALK OFF AS FEDERAL LANDS IN STATES. THEY HAVE KNOCKED THAT DOWN. I THINK THAT WHAT THEY HAVE HINTED AT OR TWO THINGS. BECERRA HAS SUGGESTED IT TODAY THAT HE MIGHT BE -- THE FDA MIGHT LOOSEN THOSE RESTRICTIONS ON MIFEPRISTONE. WE KNOW THAT WE CAN'T GET IT FROM PHARMACIES, THAT COULD CHANGE. THE OTHER THING THAT HE HINTED THAT IS MEDICAID. RIGHT NOW, THERE IS AN EXCEPTION FOR RAPE AND INCEST. IN STATES LIKE ARKANSAS, THERE IS NOT. SO HE SORT OF HINTED AT THIS IDEA THAT HE WAS GOING TO GO AFTER THESE STATE LAWS AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE ALLOWING WOMEN WHO TAKE MEDICAID TO HAVE ABORTIONS IN THOSE RARE CIRCUMSTANCES. THAT'S NOT GOING TO IMPACT MANY WOMEN. THIS IS NOT A SILVER BULLET. SO I THINK WE DO NEED TO STAY TUNED AND CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO SEE WHAT THEY HAVE GOT PLANNED. >> AND ANNA, HOW CAREFULLY DOES PRESIDENT BIDEN AND THE DEMOCRATS IN GENERAL, DO YOU THINK WE HAVE TO TREAD CAREFULLY HERE AT ALL? LEST THEY SET UP A PRECEDENT FOR WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN WHEN REPUBLICANS ARE IN POWER, AND THEY DON'T LIKE A SUPREME COURT RULING? >> WELL, ABSOLUTELY. I THINK THAT'S WHY YOU ARE SEEING SUCH CAUTION WITH SUCH IDEAS LIKE GETTING RID OF THE FILIBUSTER OR EXPANDING THE COURT. I DON'T THINK BIDEN WANTS TO DO ANYTHING THAT WOULD THEN COME BACK AND HURT DEMOCRATS YEARS DOWN THE ROAD. I THINK IF THERE ARE THINGS THAT HE CAN DO. I THINK THEY ARE BEING VERY, VERY CAREFUL BECAUSE SECRETARY BECERRA STARTS TALKING, LOOMS THINGS CAN BE USED AGAINST HIM IN COURT WHEN THEY GET LITIGATED. EVERYBODY I'VE TALKED TO SAID, THIS IS GOING TO BE A LEGAL FIGHT FOR YEARS. WE KNOW THIS IS GOING TO END UP IN THE COURTS. SO THIS IS REALLY JUST THE BEGINNING OF THIS FIGHT ON BOTH SIDES, RATHER THAN THE END. >> ALL RIGHT. AND -- WE APPRECIATE YOUR TIME TODAY. THANK YOU. >> COMING UP, IT IS SENTENCING DAY FOR JEFFREY EPSTEIN'S ASSOCIATE, GHISLAINE MAXWELL, FOR ABUSE AND TRAFFICKING OF UNDERAGE GIRLS. WE HAVE MORE DETAILS ON HOW LONG SHE COULD SPEND BEHIND BARS WHEN WE RETURN. U CONFESSED. NOW ALL I HAD TO PROVE TO PEOPLE WAS THAT I WAS ABUSED. I WAS FREE. WELCOME BACK. GHISLAINE MAXWELL IS EXPECTED TO BE SENTENCED TODAY FOR HELPING CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER JEFFREY EPSTEIN SEXUALLY ABUSED UNDERAGE GIRLS. MAXWELL WAS CONVICTED IN DECEMBER OF SEX TRAFFICKING AND OTHER CRIMES. PROSECUTORS ARE NOW ASKING FOR PRISON SENTENCE OF AT LEAST 30 YEARS. SENIOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER, AARON KHODOROVSKY. A MANAGING PARTNER FOR THE COCHRANE FIRM, SHAUNA LOYD. THEY JOIN ME NOW FOR MORE ON THIS. AARON, YOU'VE BEEN COVERING THIS FROM THE BEGINNING. SO, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO SEE TODAY? >> WELL, THE SENTENCING HEARING IS JUST GETTING UNDERWAY. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF PRELIMINARIES. THE JUDGE SHOT DOWN DEFENSE OBJECTIONS TO THE PRE SENTENCE REPORT. THEY SAID THAT GHISLAINE MAXWELL SHOULD BE SENTENCED CLOSE TO THE MAXIMUM OF 55 YEARS IN PRISON. THE DEFENSE IS ASKING FOR A SENTENCE SIGNIFICANTLY BELOW THAT. WE ARE GOING TO HEAR FROM AT LEAST TWO OF GHISLAINE MAXWELL'S ACCUSERS, TWO VICTIMS THAT ARE GOING TO SPEAK IN PERSON, IN COURT, TO TELL THE JUDGE HOW MAXWELL'S CONDUCT AFFECTED THEM. WE ARE GOING TO HEAR FROM A WOMAN WHO TESTIFIED UNDER THE PSEUDONYM KATE, WHO IS INVOLVED IN WHAT PROSECUTORS CALL A DECADES LONG FAR REACHING SEX TRAFFICKING CONSPIRACY. SHE IS GOING TO SAY THAT MAXWELL'S GROOMING LED TO YEARS OF SEXUAL ABUSE BY JEFFREY EPSTEIN. OTHER VICTIMS ARE GOING TO BE HEARD THROUGH THEIR LAWYERS, OR THEIR STATEMENTS. AND AT THE END, THE JUDGE WILL HAND DOWN A SENTENCE. AS YOU SAY, PROSECUTORS ARE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF ABOUT 30 YEARS. >> SHAUNA, HOW MUCH IMPACT GENERALLY DOES HEARING FROM ACCUSERS LIKE THIS HAVE WHEN IT COMES TO THIS SENTENCING PART OF THE TRIAL? >> IT HAS A HUGE IMPACT. BECAUSE WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT IS THE ACTUAL VICTIMS OF THE CRIMES. AND WHEN YOU HEAR THEM TELL THEIR STORIES, AND IN THIS CASE, THE STORY IS THAT THE TRUST THEY WERE GIVING TO MISS MAXWELL WAS WHAT GOT THEM IN THE SITUATION. SO HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR HER, THEY MAY NOT HAVE BEEN IN THE SITUATION DIRECTLY. THAT IS GOING TO HAVE AN IMPACT ON THIS COURT, AS THEY HEAR THESE STATEMENTS. >> AND AARON, MAXWELL'S LAWYERS SAID ON SUNDAY THAT SHE'S BEEN PLACED ON SUICIDE WATCH. THAT SENT UP A LOT OF ALARM BELLS, BECAUSE JEFFREY EPSTEIN HIMSELF DIED IN JAIL. SO WHAT IS THE LATEST ON THAT? >> THE DEFENSE HAS ALWAYS SAID THAT THE ONLY REASON GHISLAINE MAXWELL WAS EVEN IN COURT IS BECAUSE JEFFREY EPSTEIN DIED BY SUICIDE. OTHERWISE, SHE WOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN ARRESTED OR EVEN CHARGED. PROSECUTORS DISAGREE WITH THAT, BUT THERE HAS CLEARLY BEEN A PRIORITY ON HER HEALTH AND SAFETY. WHILE THE BUREAU OF PRISONS WOULDN'T DISCUSS WHY SHE WAS PLACED ON SUICIDE WATCH, WE KNOW FROM DEFENSE COURT FILINGS THAT SHE HAS CLAIMED PEOPLE ARE OUT TO KILL HER. SHE HAS SAID THAT FELLOW INMATES HAVE THREATENED HER HER LIFE. AND THIS IS ALL PART OF THE REASON WHY SHE WAS HAVING A HARD TIME PREPARING FOR SENTENCING. THEY DIDN'T EVEN WANT THIS HEARING TO TAKE PLACE TODAY. BUT NONETHELESS, IT IS, AND SHE HAD BEEN PLACED ON SUICIDE WATCH. I BET THAT ONCE SHE IS FORMALLY SENTENCED, THAT IS IN HER FUTURE AS WELL. >> AND SHAUNA, AS AARON MENTIONED, THE DEFENSE HERE IS ASKING THE JUDGE TO IMPOSE A SENTENCE WELL BELOW THE MAXIMUM OF 55 YEARS. WHAT KIND OF ARGUMENTS HAVE TO SUPPORT THAT? >> THERE ARE ESSENTIALLY GOING TO ARGUE, AND AS THEY HAVE BEEN, THAT SHE WAS NOT AN INTEGRAL PART. SHE WAS NOT THE ACTUAL PERSON COMMITTING THE CRIMES. AND THE ONLY REASON THAT SHE HAS BEEN BROUGHT ON THESE CHARGES IS AS A PROXY, BECAUSE MR. EPSTEIN HAS PASSED. THAT IS GOING TO BE THEIR ARGUMENT. THEY ALSO ARE PURSUING AN ARGUMENT OF MITIGATION. ESSENTIALLY SAYING THAT SHE HAD BEEN UNDER AN ABUSIVE FATHER, AND THAT ALSO SHOULD MITIGATE SOME OF THE SENTENCING THAT SHE IS GOING TO BE EXPERIENCING. THOSE ARE THE ARGUMENTS THEY ARE GOING TO TRY TO PROGRESS TO SAY THAT SHE SHOULD GET LESS SENTENCE THAN THEY ARE RECOMMENDING, THE FIVE YEARS THEY ARE ASKING FOR. >> ERIN, WHAT CAN WE EXPECT AS THE SENTENCING HEARING PLAYS OUT? >> >> THIS IS ALL GOING TO WRAP UP IN FAIRLY SHORT ORDER. THE JUDGE WILL IMPOSE A SENTENCE. THE CASE WILL ALSO BE APPEALED TO THE FEDERAL APPEALS COURT, BECAUSE THE DEFENSE HAS MAINTAINED MAXWELL'S INNOCENCE. THEY DO NOT DISCOUNT, AS SHAUNA SAID, THE IDEA OF ABUSE FROM HER FATHER. THAT THAT LEAD HER INTO THE CLUTCHES OF JEFFREY EPSTEIN. PROSECUTORS HAVE SAID SHE HAS DONE EVERYTHING BUT TAKE SOME REMORSE HERE, AND SHOW SOME REMORSE FOR THE ACTIONS THAT AFFECTED SO MANY WOMEN. THIS MAY BE EIGHT, AS FAR AS THE JEFFREY EPSTEIN IS CONCERNED. WE KNOW THERE WERE OTHERS INVOLVED IN EPSTEIN'S LURID WORLD, BUT NO ONE ELSE IS EXPECTED TO FACE CRIMINAL CHARGES. SO ONCE GHISLAINE MAXWELL GOES TO PRISON, THAT IS THE END OF THE STORY. >> INTERESTING. SHAUNA LLOYD, AARON KHODOROVSKY, THANK YOU BO SOUNDS? WHILE HE WAS SLEEPING. THE 2020 EVENT, FRIDAY AT 98 CENTRAL ON ABC. WELCOME BACK TO ABC NEWS LIVE, CLEAN MAXWELL IS EXPECTED TO BE SENTENCED TODAY FOR HELPING CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER JEFFREY EPSTEIN SEXUALLY ABUSED UNDERAGE GIRLS. MAXWELL WAS CONVICTED IN DECEMBER OF SEX TRAFFICKING AND OTHER CRIMES. PROSECUTORS ARE ASKING FOR PRISON SENTENCE OF AT LEAST 30 YEARS. MILITARY OFFICIALS SAY U.S. FORCES KILLED A SENIOR TERRORIST LEADER IN AN AIRSTRIKE IN SYRIA. ABU HAMZA LEONI WAS A LEADER OF AN AL-QAEDA AFFILIATE GROUP KNOWN AS HER ESTELLE DEAN HE WAS TARGETED WHILE RIDING A MOTORCYCLE. NEWS OF HIS DEATH COMES DAYS AFTER U.S. FORCES KEPT A TOP ISIS OFFICIAL ALSO IN SYRIA. FDA VISOR'S ARE MEETING TODAY TO CONSIDER WHETHER TO UPDATE EXISTING COVID-19 VACCINES FOR THE FALL. MODERNA AND PFIZER HAVE BOTH TESTED UPDATED THE OMICRON VARIANT. THE FINAL DECISION FROM THE FDA IS EXPECTED AT THE NEXT FEW DAYS. A FORMER FOOTBALL COACH SAYS HE NOW WANTS HIS JOB BACK AFTER THE SUPREME COURT YESTERDAY RULED THAT HE HAD A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO PRAY ON THE FIELD WITH PLAYERS AND OTHER STUDENTS AFTER GAMES. HIS ATTORNEYS ARGUED THE SCHOOL DISTRICT IN WASHINGTON STATE VIOLATED HIS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. OUR SENIOR NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT TERRY MORAN HAS THE LATEST FROM THE COURT. >> COASTAL JOE KENNEDY SAYS HE IS A VINDICATED. >> I JUST WANTED TO COACH FOOTBALL. I WANTED TO BE ABLE TO GIVE THANKS AFTERWARDS. IT WAS NOT A BIG. DEAL THE >> SUPREME COURT'S CONSERVATIVE MAJORITY RULING 6 TO 3. THE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COACH HAS A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO PRAY ON THE JOB AFTER GAMES WITH PLAYERS AND OTHER STUDENTS RIGHT AT THE 50 YARD LINE. KENNEDY WAS SUSPENDED IN 2015 BY THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND REMINGTON, WASHINGTON, AFTER THEY URGED HIM TO PRAY PRIVATELY OFF DUTY AND AWAY FROM GAMES. THE SCHOOL DISTRICT WAS CONCERNED THAT A SCHOOL OFFICIAL LEADING PRAYERS ON THE JOB COULD BE SEEN AS A GOVERNMENT ENDORSEMENT OF HIS RELIGION. THE COACH SAYS HIS PRAYERS WERE VOLUNTARY AND PROTECTED BY THE CONSTITUTION. >> NOBODY SHOULD BE FORCED TO PRAY. NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO HIDE THEIR PRAYERS. EVERYONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO JUST ENJOY THEIR FREEDOMS AS AMERICANS. SOME PARENTS SAY THEIR CHILDREN WERE THE ONES WHOSE FREEDOMS WERE VIOLATED. >> THEY ARE BEING PRESSURED INTO DOING SOMETHING THAT THEY DON'T FUNDAMENTALLY AGREE WITH. THAT IS WHAT THE FIRST AMENDMENT PROTECTS US FROM. >> THE SUPREME COURT DISAGREES. JUSTICE NERO GORSUCH IS WRITING FOR THE MAJORITY THAT CONSTITUTION AND THE BEST OF OUR TRADITIONS HAVE MUTUAL EXPECTED TOLERANCE. NOT CENSORSHIP AND SUPPRESSION OF RELIGIOUS AND NONRELIGIOUS VIEWS ALIKE. JUST A START OF SOME MINOR -- WARNING THAT THE COURTS RULING ELEVATES THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT TO THE SCHOOL OFFICIAL OVER THOSE OF HIS STUDENTS. COACH KENNEDY'S CASE BECAME A RALLYING CRY FOR MANY IN THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT. OTHER SEE THE CASE AS BLURRING THE LINE BETWEEN CHURCH AND STATE. AND SAY SOME STUDENTS MAY PAY THE PRICE. >> RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IS THE SHIELD THAT PROTECTS THE RIGHTS OF ALL STUDENTS TO BELIEVE AS THEY CHOOSE. UNTIL NOW. >> WHAT THE COURT DID HEAR WOULD SHIFT THE FOCUS IN THESE CASES FROM CONCERN ABOUT STUDENTS WHO MIGHT FEEL COERCED WHEN SCHOOL OFFICIALS LEAD PRAYERS TO THE RELIGIOUS LIBERTY OF THOSE OFFICIALS THEMSELVES ON THE. JOB THE COAT IS NOT DONE WITH ITS WORK. THERE ARE STILL FOUR MAJOR CASES TO GO. THEY'LL BE ISSUING THOSE FINAL RULINGS BY THE END OF THE WEEK INCLUDING BIG CASES ON IMMIGRATION AND ON THE GOVERNMENTS POWER TO REGULATE CLIMATE CHANGE. >> TERRY MORAN, THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US, I'M DIANE MACEDO, STAY WITH US AS ABC NEWS LIVE CONTINUES WITH MORE NEWS, CONTEXT, AND

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