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May 27, 2022

Roe v. Wade live updates: Democrats seek contrast with Republicans on abortion – The Washington Post

Roe v. Wade live updates: Democrats seek contrast with Republicans on abortion  The Washington Post

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Today, the only public event on President Biden’s schedule is a Cinco de Mayo reception in the Rose Garden at the White House. But behind the scenes, Biden and fellow Democrats are far less celebratory as they scramble to respond to the expected demise of Roe v. Wade from both policy and political perspectives.

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With the midterm elections approaching, Democrats see support of abortion rights as a central issue on which to draw contrasts with Republicans, whose reaction to their probable success on this issue has been noticeably muted to this point. One reason: Polls show a majority of Americans think Roe v. Wade should be upheld by a roughly 2-to-1 margin.

Your daily dashboard

  • 2 p.m. Eastern: Senate Democrats hold a news conference on writing abortion protections into law. Watch live coverage here.
  • 3 p.m. Eastern: White House press secretary Jen Psaki holds a briefing for reporters. Watch live coverage here.
  • 3 p.m. Eastern: The United Nations Security Council meets on “maintenance of peace and security of Ukraine.” Watch live coverage here.
  • 4:15 p.m. Eastern: Biden hosts a Cinco de Mayo reception in the Rose Garden reception with Beatriz Gutiérrez Mueller de López Obrador, wife of the Mexican president. Watch live coverage here.
  • 10:30 p.m. Eastern: First lady Jill Biden departs for Romania as part of a trip to meet Ukrainian refugees.

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Elizabeth Dwoskin: Facebook warns employees against using company channels to discuss abortion ruling — In a company memo this week, a senior Facebook executive steered employees away from discussing the Supreme Court leak on public company discussion channels, while the firm also began deleting some posts where employees had expressed concerns about the issue, according to a person familiar with the announcement and a copy of the memo obtained by The Post.In the memo, executive Naomi Gleit reminded colleagues of the company’s Respectful Communications Policy, which restricts how employees can discuss controversial topics, including abortion.She directed workers to use other channels besides company communications platforms to express their concerns and feelings. She said that employees were allowed to “participate in a listening session of up to 5 like-minded people to show solidarity” or to interact one-on-one.Gleit also noted that employees could still use public social media, such as Facebook and Instagram, to share their thoughts and connect with people. Facebook’s own chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, posted on Facebook that the leaked ruling represented a “scary day for women all across our country.”The policy against discussing abortion on company channels dates from at least 2020, when Facebook tightened restrictions on public conversations among its highly vocal employee base in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests that summer.

Elizabeth Dwoskin, Silicon Valley Correspondent