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i'm fredricka whitfield. right now protesters are gathering in washington, d.c. following friday's historic ruling over turning roe v. wade. the decision stating the constitutional right to abortion is no more. leaving it up to states to decide whether abortion should be legal with their borders. 26 states are poised to or have already banned abortion. the ruling cheered by anti-abortion supporters after 50 years of fighting. but a broad majority of americans disagree with the ruling. in a cnn poll conducted just weeks ago, 66% of americans said they did not want the supreme court to completely overturn roe v. wade. cnn has reporters on ground covering this seismic decision. let's go first to nadia romero. outside of the only mississippi abortion clinic. what is the mood there and what is happening? >> reporter: well, virginia has been very busy since the wee
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hours of the morning. and they started letting in patients inside of the mississippi last abortion clinic long before it opened. now they are actively doing abortions and we were able to speak with the abortion providers inside. he said he's been doing this work for 30 years because he believes in it so strongly. that this is the right to health care for women and he came specific to mississippi because there was such a need. he's concerned now after the next ten days because it doesn't go into effect right away in mm mississippi. and there is a ten day period and after that ends what will happen to the women of mississippi. and if you look on a map, you'll see this state is surrounded by other states that have trigger laws. so you'll have to either drive for several hours or get on a plane to get to another state to have access to an abortion. along with those concerns and the procedures that are happening inside of this building that many of the locals here call the pink house, we have protesters that have been out in front of this building
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and wrapping around the building since about 4:00 in the morning. and what we've seen from those protesters are that they are excited, they are happy, they proud that mississippi was a state that brought this law all the way up to the supreme court. but they're still trying to convince women not to get an abortion over these next ten days. i want to you hear from the abortion provider. he did not share his name or did not want to go on camera because he said his life is constantly being threatened. he is followed him and harassed everywhere he goes but he shared his thoughts. take a listen. >> one is i'm a baby killer and what we're doing is killing babies. you know, we're not killing babies. we're terminating previable fetuses that somebody has made a difficult decision which they did they did not want to carry a pregnancy. so this murdering babies is not right. so that is the first thing.
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and then as part of that is i can get along with them being able to protest. sfl >> reporter: and you heard him say that he believes that people have the right to protest but didn't believe that those that come to this clinic should be doing it the way they are. they are threatening and hin tim dating patients and telling them that it was illegal and they would go to jail. that is not true. after the ten-day process, after the certification, then it will be illegal in the state of mississippi. $100,000 fine, up to 10 years in prison. but he said, adamantly to me, he's not baby killer, he's performing abortions before the fetuses are viable and he will continue that care in another state. fred. >> thank you so much. alexandria field is in missouri. they announced it would be the first state to ban abortions following the supreme court ruling. how are people reacting there?
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>> reporter: yeah, it had just one single abortion clinic and today it has none. one of ten states that have outlawed abortion in the aftermath of this decision. we heard from the providers at the clinic that was providing abortions up until yesterday. they called this the end of the line for abortion care services in missouri. they reiterated the tact that they have warned that this day would or could come for years. certainly they have seen signs that if not on the federal level, very much on the state level where women in missouri have seen republican leaders at the state making attempts to curtail access to abortion for years to come. that is how the state ended up with just one abortion provider. activists and advocates who argue for access to abortion called the decision and the subsequent ban on abortions in missouri a stain in history. they were calling on people to consider this day, to keep it
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with them and to consider how they can do better going forward. not the feeling shared across the entire state. the republican attorney general calling this a momentous day for the sanctity of life. fredricka. >> thank you so much. also joining us, supreme court biographer joan bis cubic. so joan, justice thomas inviting challenges to other landmark cases involving things like same-sex marriage and contraception and i mean, joan, not only is it unusual, but is it unethical that he's inviting legal challenges of which he is sign posting he's already made a decision about. >> no, it is not unethical but it is pretty bold of him to say exactly what is on his mind right. he essentially hung out a welcome sign to have others who think that the privacy rights of roe, that have now been
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eliminated, should also mean the end of privacy rights for contraception, dating back to 1965 case. to also overturn possibly the 2015 same-sex marriage case. and in the giz wold versus connecticut that allows couples to obtain contraceptives. the ruling from 2003 that had criminal -- that had struck down state statutes that criminalize same sex intimate relations an then the hodges ruling from 2015. those are three rulings, fredricka, that he would like to see gone. now he wrote alone in that concurrence. and justice alito who wrote the majority opinion stressed that the decision on behalf of the full court was not as broad as where justice thomas wanted to
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go. but as dissentered warns, fredricka, this court is not done yet. this court is flexing its muscle in terms of rolling back privacy rights broadly. and obviously specifically major reproductive rights that have been in place for nearly a half century. >> aand you say it is not done yest yet and the majority has cemented for a long time with three new justices all appointed by the former president trump. and you say that too leaves a rather lasting impression or it at least said that the fight that they have already exhibited is going to be on going for quite sometime. >> you know, that is right. just think of how young president trump's three appointed are. they are all in their 50s. amy coney barrett is just 50, neil gorsuch and brett kavanaugh
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are still in their 50s. they will be with us for at least another generation. >> you also wrote the biography on the the chief justice roberts and in his opinion on this case, he said he would take a more measured approach. but so what does this ruling mean for his legacy? >> you know, it is interesting, you point out his concurrence. it is rare that the chief has to be alone on this nine-member court. he had tried to come up with a compromise that would split the difference in some ways saying yes, the court should uphold this mississippi ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. he wanted to go that far. he wanted to roll back part of roe in terms of the limit on when government could interfere with a woman's choice. but did he not want to eliminate a woman's choice to san end completely. he didn't think they needed to con front the 1973 landmark and he said i would take a measured
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approach. he invoked a judicial maxim that said we should only decide what is necessary and it is necessary then not to decide more. but he had no takers for that middle ground position. and i would say even though he obviously has really lost control of the court in this area of the law, he's still driving the conservative agenda in many other ways, on race, on religion, on campaign finance, on voting right and on guns. day before this ruling, fredricka, he was with the conservative supermajority to expand the second amendment. >> all right. joan, alexandria, nadia, appreciate it. >> thank you. for more on all of this, i want to bring in dr. charmaine yost. she served as assistant sect of health under president trump and the former ceo of americans united for life. good to see you. thank you so much. >> thanks for having me.
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>> so this is a historic ruling for so many reasons. you have been on the the front lines for the fight against abortions for decades now. your reaction to this supreme court decision? >> well, i want to pick up on something that joan was saying that i think is really important which is that the court said that their returning this to the american people and that is what is really exciting about this. is that this is the best of what america is supposed to be. that issues like this, that have deeply held opinions on both sides are going to be decided by people with their closest representatives in a conversation in their own community. and so people are waking up this morning and discovering that they finally have an opportunity to ledge gislate on this issue that is what we've been working for in the pro-life community for decades now. >> except, this ruling is contrary to what polled american opinion is on roe v. wade.
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that nearly 60% of americans polled say they do want women to have a choice. >> you know, i'm really glad you bring that up. so i'm hearing this a lot. that this reflects people's supporting roe. but when you dig into it, people don't support roe when they know what roe actually meant. when you look at polling data that asked people if they support common sense regulations on abortion, you get 80% support for things like informed consent, parental consent, other kinds of things that protect women's health. frankly, women deserve better than a abortion and the other part about stata on abortion is that people think of this as being a women's issue. which of course it is. but they also think of women as being the standard bayers for abortion rights when women are por pro-life than men are. the pro-life movement has been led by women for decades. so i think you're going to see an invigorated conversation about women and women's place in
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society. and we welcome that because i think that is a good conversation for us to be have. >> except the interpretation of many women is that the roe v. wade allowed for a choice. and taking that away and now eliminates the choice. >> you know, i'm so glad you say that because one of the things that has motivated a lot of us in this movement is this movement has been refreshed by women who came out of having an abortion and saying that they felt abused. that they felt backed floor it. that they had no choice. and they tell pollsters that time and time again that abortion wasn't this thing that they wanted. it was the baby that was the problem. it was their financial circumstances, relationship and professional circumstances and i would argue to you, fredricka, that as women, we deserve better than that. we deserve better than feeling like abortion. that is the lowest common denominator. that is the bottom of the barrel in terms of what we could offer to women in 2022 america. we could do better than that.
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>> who do you say to women who feel they have fewer rights saz a result of this decision and they deserve to have equal rights. >> well one of the things that i don't think people are talking about enough is we're hearing a lot about how some states are restricting abortion rights. but fredricka, actually, as you know, other states are flinging open the doors. so we're going to have a very vibrant conversation moving forward about what common sense abortion regulations looks like. it was interesting, last night we were hearing from our european friends, some of them saying that this was a bad thing. when in actual fact, when you compare us to many of the nato states, we actually now are moving in their direction. they still have more restrictive laws than we do. so we're finally coming into having a more humane conversation about abortion when we've been in the situation for decades where you couldn't legislate any kind of common sense regulations that people do support. >> what do you see happening in
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the next few days? >> i think in the next few days, you know, we are seeing people out there demonstrating and i am glad that we're hearing some people really emphasizing that this needs to be peaceful protests. because we're really, really concerned, since the leaked document, we had dozens of threats and violence against pro-life organizations like pregnancy care centers that are there to help american women. but you know having a vibrant conversation that includes demonstrations, that is what we do in america. and so to the extent that it is peaceful, i think that is a good thing. and we'll see where it goes. i will say that as we -- a lot of people are talk about the midterms coming up, i think that if you see demonstrations that become violent, that go over the top, that is going to backfire and that is not good for the american people and it is not good for that movement and i think we'll definitely see that backfire in the midterms. >> and how do you see this decision improving american
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women's lives? >> oh, very definitely. because we believe that american women deserve so much better than abortion. and so coming to a place where we're talking about what does better look like and how can we have better scenario for women where they don't feel backed into a worst case decision. that is a very definite improvement for women. >> thank you so much for being with us. >> thank you, fredricka. all right, the u.s. supreme court decision over turning roe v. wade is expected to have major impacts on women's health and the medical community is strongly reacting to this decision. countless major institutions issuing statements of concern over patients' access to safe medical care. sear is sanjay gupta. >> well it is fair to say that the public health organizations medical organizations and in this country are pretty much in lockstep regarding their concerns about roe v. wade being over turned. one of the biggest concerns and
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this is coming from more than a thousand deans of public health schools, head of the american medical association, head of the american college of obstetrics and gynecology. a lot of organizations like that. the biggest concern is how much of an impact this will have on access to safe care for women. now, one of the things that it worth pointing out and people don't realize this, is that if you look at maternal mortality statistics in the united states now, just as things stand now, one of the wealthiest countries in the world, how do we stack up as compared to other wealthy countries. take a look. these are maternal and the united states is on the right in orange. it is the highest in terms of overall maternal mortality. and this is defined as women who die in and around child birth. so it is already very significant. and as you might expect, it is disproportionately effects women of color and women in poverty.
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so one of the reasons the health orpgss are so concerned is because if you look at the model as to what happens if there is an abortion ban, what you find is the terrible numbers that you saw will be up further. they will be up 7% within the first year and 21% in subsequent years on top of already very high, both maternal mortality and morbidity. women having significant illness and harm during and around the time of child birth. so that is one of the issues. another issue that they raise in these letters that they've been now circulating for sometime in the anticipation that this might happen is looking around the world and seeing that restricting access to legal abortion, this is from the nuew england journal of med, it does not reduce the number of procedures but did reduce the number of safe procedures which then increased in the morbidity and mortality around child
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birth. so this is what we're hearing from the medical community. there is still a lot that we don't know in terms of what is going to be allowed. we do know that medical science has advanced a lot. obviously over the last 50 years. but what that all means going forward in this nation and in particular states, that is a subject of a lot of these letters that are going around now in the public health community. >> dr. sanjay gupta, thank you for that. >> still ahead, after a significant bipartisan break through, president biden signing into law the first major federal gun safety legislation in decades. that is straight ahead. no, he's seizing the moment with merrill. moving his moneyey into his investment account inin real time and that's... how you collect coins. your money n never stops workig for you with merrill, a bank of america company. only at vanguard you're more than just an investor you're an owner. that means that your priorities are ours too. our teractive tools and advice can help you build a future for the ones you lov
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from the network businesses rely on. welcome back. earlier today before departed for the g7 summit, prieb president biden signed the gun bill into law. it is the first legislation in decades. it includes $750 million for crisis intervention programs an modest new gun safety measures.
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for more let's bring in cnn's mj lee who is in austria awaiting bi bidens arrival at the g7. what could you tell us about what is in the bill and what the president is saying about it. >> reporter: yeah, you know, this was a significant and meaningful bill for president biden to sign into law as you alluded to. getting anything bipartisan and meaningful done on gun control has been so illusive in washington for such a long time. and for this president in particular, he is very familiar with those dynamics. keep in mind, that when he was vice president, he was sort of the point person to get something done on gun control after the new town school shooting in 2012 and he remembers very well still to this day feeling disappointed when he ended up being empty handed offer that exercise. so today in his speech, the president saying this bill will hopefully save a lot of lives. and to be very clear, this is
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not everything that the president or democrats or gun control advocates had wanted in particular, things like an assault weapons ban or a ban on high-capacity magazines or raising the purchase age. those things were not included. but in his speech today, the president being celebratory of the things that this bill does accomplish. take a listen. >> while this bill doesn't do everything i want. it does include actions i've long called for that are going to save lives. it is funding crisis intervention including red flag laws. it keeps guns out of the hands of people who are a danger to themselves and to others. and it finally closes what is known as the boyfriend loophole. so if you assault your boyfriend or girlfriend, you can't buy a gun or own a gun. >> reporter: and fred, keep in mind the uvalde school sheeting that killed 19 children and two
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adults, the president found out about that as he was flying back from his last foreign trip. he was on his way back from tokyo and now today we saw him leaving for this trip to europe two attend the g7 and nato summit knowing that washington had finally taken some action on this issue. fred. >> mj lee, traveling with the president. when the president arrives. there in austria. thank you so much. and we'll be right back. mission control, we are go for launch. um, she's eating the rocket. ♪ lunchables! built to be eaten. better hearing leads to a better life. and that better life... ...starts at miracle-ear. it all begins with the most
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welcome back. right now protesters are gathering once again outside of the u.s. supreme court following friday's historic ruling. over turning roe v. wade.
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cnn's joe johns is outside of the supreme court. so what are you seeing? >> reporter: well, fred, you could see over my shoulder here and i'll just sort of step out of the way. this is a crowd in front of the supreme court right now. as you could see, a lot of people but i would say probably much fewer than we saw last night. it was a little bit of confrontational activity, too. this afternoon, frankly, there was a small group, i would say, of pro-abortion protesters right down in the middle of this much larger group, i should say proabortion, protesters and anti-abortion protesters sort of going at it. yelling and screaming at each other. and such. but it has been peaceful. that is the other thing that we have to point out. we have not seen any signs of physical confrontation. just verbal confrontation. >> authorities of course very
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ready for this law enforcement understood that we were going to see a decision of one sort or the other from the supreme court on abortion. and therefore they came prepared. they have a lot of u.s. capitol police here, as well as the fin sing t-- the fencing that goes around the supreme court that tries to keep things safe. that is the story from washington, d.c. i'll keep you informed if anything changes. >> thanks so much. a cnn poll taken before the supreme court ruling shows only 17% of americans said they would be happy to see roe v. wade over turned. despite broad public support, 26 states have laws indicating that they intend to ban abortion. in texas some patients are going across the board tore get the morning-after pill. for more respective, i want to bring in amy hag strom miller, from whole woman's health and
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she's joining me live right now. so amy, good to see you. how does this ruling impact services that you and your staff generally provide? >> you know, it impacts the services greatly. we have clinics in texas and we also have clinics many minnesota, maryland and indiana and so we're navigating two different americas today. where we've had to cease operations in our four clinics in texas and we're preparing for an influx of patients in minnesota and maryland and virginia and for the time being indiana. and it is -- it's absolutely nuts. yesterday we had all of our clinics in texas open and we had to stop services right when this decision came out. and my staff, they're with women looking them in the eyes and having to deny them the care that they need and the care we are willing and able and highly trained to provide.
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>> and so while this is agonizing then for a lot of your employees who are having to tell women who have showed up thinking they were going to get a service and then tell them no, it is not going to happen after all. in addition to that, are your employees feeling scared, are they feeling intimidated or do they feel safe. >> i was watching the segment before and thinking wouldn't it be amazing if clinics that provide abortion services had the kind of security protection that they have right now around the supreme court. unfortunately we have spent decades dealing with protesters and targeting whether it is in person targeting or whether it is through regulation and intimidation that comes with the power of the government. our staff on the the ground in texas are some of the most dedicated and compassionate folks. they go to the same schools, and they shop at the same grocery stores and they know that
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banning aboortion is not going o stop abortions and prevent unplanned pregnancy. and so for months now, because of sb-8 in texas. we've been helping people find their way from texas when they're denied care to our clinics in other states where we're able to help thefl travel and get the care that they need. this is working parents who are nov navigating childcare and jobs and everything we're navigating during the pandemic who are now forced to travel thousands of miles to get a safe and legal abortion in this country. >> and in addition to this overturning of roe v. wade, i wonder how concerns you are about the implications for other reproductive health measures like in-vitro fertilization. we did hear in his concurrence justice thomas talk about future cases. we should reconsider all of the courts substantive due process precedents involving a case that
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delved into specifically contraception. >> sure. it is never been only about abortion. this is about freedoms. this is about power, autonomy and equality for women. it is about human rights at large. so they're going to hone in on all of the areas where we have freedoms. they're honing in on gay marriage and contraception and this is all of the piece. and we have to fight for the freedom and liberty of everybody. no matter where you live. we can't stand for in the united states of america, where we are looked to as a beacon of human rights, internationally we can't stand for rolling back rights in over half of the states. people are supposed to be able to count on safe legal abortion, access to health care, and be able to marry people who they love. this is what our country stands for. and i think some people who haven't necessarily been paying attention to what has been
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happening over the last couple of decades are shocked. and some of us have beeni watching this happen but nonetheless, we need to ban together. these folks who are elected and the folks who appointed the judges in the supreme court, they don't represent the majority of people in this country. millions of people have benefited from access to safe abortion in our communities. men, women, families, our communities are safer because of access to safe abortion. and we need to help people for the interim get access to safe abortion and travel and migrate to the places where they could get the care, while at same time we need to show up and fight for what we deserve and what our rights should be in this country. >> we'll leave it there for now. amy hagstrom miller. thank you so much. >> thank you. come up, will the supreme court decision to over turn roe v. wade affect communities of
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with best western rewards you get rewarded when you stay on the road and on the go. find your rewards so you can reconnect, disconnect, hold on tight and let go! stay two nights and get a free night. book now at welcome back. more than a dozen states were ready to bon abortion when the supreme court reversed roe v. wade and in some the states it has already happen pd and as more states move to ban abortions it likely to effect communities of color. black and hispanic women make up 59% of the people would reported legal abortions in the united states in 2019 according to the
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kaiser family foundation. and a report from the cdc found that black women are three times more likely than white women to die from a pregnancy-related cause. derek johns is the president of the naacp and he's joining us right now. so good to see you. so what do you see as the immediate effect that will be felt on communities of color? >> well, overall erosion in the confidence of the supreme court, that is the most immediate effect. and for african americans, we have to double down with the notion that elections have consequences. this is an outgrowth of the 2016 election and as we approach this midterm cycle, we have to increase turnout. now unfortunately we've seen this before. after the dred scott decision where you had states split, that led to a civil war. and i'm not sulggesting that wil lead to a civil war but we have to be cautious in how we view what the supreme court has done
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and and the impact on vindividuals who will be effected such as african american women or women in general. and then finally, the talk about the erosion of other rights, you know, justice thomas talked about different cases. but is he really want to go down this slippery slope. because you have the virginia versus loving decision that allows him to marry his wife. and that was about interracial marriage. that is a part of this whole consummation of strengthening of rights of individuals activities. >> that was one case that he didn't mention. he omitted that but he did talk about the grizwald and lawrence and other cases which talk about same-sex marriage, same sex relations and contraception. and it-f it means looking at all of these cases, precedent, the legality of interracial marriages would directly impact him and so many others. so at a minimum, this roe v.
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wade decision, i mean this is a health care issue for women. and access to good health care is also at the forefront. and already major issues for all women but especially women of color and in many states. so what resources, when you hear people who have been advocating against the right to choose, they have talked about there will be so many more resources available to women if the ability to have an abortion is taken away. and that is what we have right now. what kind of resources do you believe that they're talking about? what will be needed? >> well, i can't speak for anyone that talked about resources. and i completely understand immediate and emotional reaction to this unprecedented decision. because people are concerned. and as we limit access to health care for women and they're ability to make choices, we're going to have to really double
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down on the resources to remove someone from a state of alabama or the state of mississippi and get them to a state that respect the rights of women. that is resource intensive. i don't know how sustainable that will be. i do know that the elections will have a impact on our ability to select future supreme court justices and we must accelerate individuals political knowledge that this is the long game. the short-term reaction is unfortunate. but the long game we must play is imbedded in our ability to put policymakers in place to those that will serve a lifetime on the supreme court. they played the long game to undermine this decision and now we have to play the long game to ensure that majority of american citizens are represented on the supreme court and not a few white men. >> uh-huh. i would like to shift gears if you allow me to do so. i mean, i think of brittney
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griner almost every day and wonder about her like so many americans and i know she's at the forefront of your consciousness and the naacp and dozens of other organizations have signed a letter asking president biden to make some sort of deal with russia for the return of this wnba star in brittney griner. she's been detained there since february. i mean, and it seems like russia keeps putting up new -- moving the goalpost. making one more delay after another. have you received any sort of reaction from the white house or state department about its position on what it can done to win her release? >> we have not received a response. and we also understand the geopolitical landscape is tenuous at this moment. so how this administration navigates to get her home we're
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in full support. also recognizing that the impact could happen if the wrong statements are made and we draw the wrong conclusions. one thing will relate to the nex next, we're in a domino effect. we want to see her come home. she has hur spouse and her family and friends and i think this administration should step up their efforts. however, i also understand the geopolitical stance these are being balanced against. >> it is heartbreaking. all of us are so worry the about her. i don't know her personally but it tugs at the heartstrings of what she and hoer family are going through and unnecessarily right. totally unnecessary. derek johnson, thank you so much. appreciate it. and we'll be right back. real good. all of k knorr's high quality pasta and rice sides are now made with no artificial flavors or prereservatives.
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