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Vice President Kamala Harris meets with abortion providers as court ruling looms

FILE - Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during a Cabinet meeting at the White House complex...
FILE - Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during a Cabinet meeting at the White House complex in Washington, April 13, 2022. Harris tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, the White House announced, underscoring the persistence of the highly contagious virus even as the U.S. eases restrictions in a bid to revert to pre-pandemic normalcy.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
Published: May. 19, 2022 at 9:06 AM CDT|Updated: May. 19, 2022 at 3:13 PM CDT
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris spoke with abortion providers from states with some of the nation’s strictest restrictions on the procedure Thursday.

She said they are “on the front lines of this war on women’s rights.”

The virtual meeting included providers from Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Missouri and Montana. It comes weeks after the release of a draft Supreme Court opinion suggesting that justices are on the brink of overturning the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

A final ruling is expected in the next six weeks, but those states and others are already laying the groundwork to ban abortion outright.