(CNN) — Vice President Kamala Harris A roundtable of experts in constitutional law, privacy and technology will be convened Tuesday to consider the legal and day-to-day implications of the potential overthrow of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court to discuss.
The White House is preparing for the conservative-led Supreme Court to overturn the landmark case allowing a constitutional right to abortion. The court is nearing the end of its term and could make a decision as early as this month. The move would follow the release of last month a leaked draft of a majority opinion written by Judge Samuel Alito, who showed the court is poised to overturn the decades-old decision.
“It’s important that we highlight the implications of how this affects the rights of Americans and their rights to privacy on so many different issues,” a White House official told CNN, which first reported the roundtable .
Following the leak of the draft opinion, Harris focused on the issue of privacy rights to explain the far-reaching impact Americans could face if the abortion sentence was overturned.
“I believe if we look at the challenge we face if this decision is made, it will have some direct, if not indirect, implications for other privacy rights, including the right to access contraception and the right to Marry someone you love,” Harris said at a meeting with clergy on abortion rights last week.
Hosting these types of events has made Harris one of, if not the, leading messenger in the Biden administration on abortion rights. Despite the lack of a formal statement, Harris took this moment to hold public discussions with various actors in the abortion rights struggle.
CNN previously reported that Harris It has been suggested from outside the White House that leading the prosecution against an abortion decision could help it connect with voters the party needs now and would need for an anticipated future presidential bid of its own, said several people who are familiar with operations in their office, according to CNN.
Last week, Harris held a meeting with religious and spiritual leaders in Los Angeles to discuss the way forward on abortion rights. Days after the draft opinion was leaked in May, Harris met with doctors and nurses whose work would be directly affected by the precedent being overturned. And she gave a glowing speech on the subject, asking fiercely at an Emily’s List gala, “How dare they? How dare you tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her own body?”
Tuesday’s event, an official told CNN, will leverage Harris’ ability to bring people from diverse backgrounds together to work on specific issues.
“What’s important here is that some of the vice president’s goals really were to make sure the people of this country understand what’s at stake here,” the official said. “And that takes some work to figure out who is the coalition of people who are affected by this and who are interested in their voices being heard.”
Harris will meet with law professors Peggy Cooper Davis and Melissa Murray of New York University, Glenn Cohen of Harvard Law and Michele Bratcher Goodwin of the University of California-Irvine, among others.
An official warned that other rights that could emerge would be the underlying right to “marry someone you love”, talks about “access to your own data” and access to contraceptives should Roe be overturned. These issues, they say, will be reflected upon by participants at Tuesday’s round table.
“She wants to make the connection”, like President Joe Biden has himself on the impact Roe could have that goes beyond a woman’s right to vote should it be revoked, a second official said.
Should that right be revoked, the Biden administration is exploring options of what to do in response. Biden said last week that he was considering executive action he might take if the court’s decision mirrors the leaked draft and knocks out Roe.
Options include making it easier for women to travel to get abortions in states where the procedure is still legal, or expanding access to medical abortion by mail. Some advocates have also suggested leasing state lands for abortion clinics, circumventing state laws restricting them.
But ultimately, Biden wants a resolution to come through Congress.
“I think if the court of Roe v. Wade overrides and does what gets drafted…if that happens, I think we need to legislate it,” Biden said Late night host Jimmy Kimmel last week. “We have to make sure we pass legislation that makes it a law that the federal government says works like that.”
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