Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley want wider access to abortion pills, help with interstate travel for abortions

Senate Democrats, including Oregon’s Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, are asking President Joe Biden to increase access to abortion pills and help patients obtain abortions in other states following Friday’s Supreme Court decision ending the national right to abortions.

They have been worried about the Supreme Court decision for weeks, since a draft opinion revealing the court intended to overturn the nearly 50-year precedent set by Roe v Wade.

Earlier this month, Senate Democrats wrote to Biden, calling on the federal government to take action to shore up abortion rights. Then on Saturday, they wrote to Biden again, saying “now is the time for bold action.”