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Biden Signs Executive Order to Provide Abortion Access

WASHINGTON D.C – Friday, July 8, President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order to “protect the reproductive rights of women in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s extreme decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.”

“What we’re witnessing is a giant step backwards in much of our country,” Biden said in his remarks announcing the order Friday.

According to the Press Release, Biden’s executive order protects the following for individuals in states like Idaho who have anti-abortion “trigger law’s”.

  • Access to abortion, including medication abortion
  • Access to contraception
  • The right to emergency medical care under the law
  • Providers and the clinics you rely on
  • Privacy and sensitive health information
  • Access to accurate information

“Eliminating the right recognized in Roe has already had and will continue to have devastating implications for women’s health and public health more broadly,” Biden said. “Access to reproductive healthcare services is now threatened for millions of Americans, and especially for those who live in States that are banning or severely restricting abortion care.  Women’s health clinics are being forced to close — including clinics that offer other preventive healthcare services such as contraception — leaving many communities without access to critical reproductive healthcare services.  Women seeking abortion care — especially those in low-income, rural, and other underserved communities — now have to travel to jurisdictions where services remain legal notwithstanding the cost or risks.”

The White House said the order will coordinate “the implementation of Federal efforts to protect reproductive rights and access to health care.”

Specifically, Health and Human Services will compile a report on how to “protect access to medication abortion” and launch a public education campaign promoting abortion access.

The Biden administration is also gathering lawyers and legal groups “to encourage robust legal representation of patients, providers, and third parties lawfully seeking or offering reproductive health care services throughout the country.”

“HHS will take additional actions to expand access to the full range of reproductive health services, including family planning services and providers, such as access to emergency contraception and long-acting reversible contraception like intrauterine devices (IUDs),” the White House said in a statement. “In all fifty states and the District of Columbia, the Affordable Care Act guarantees coverage of women’s preventive services, including free birth control and contraceptive counseling, for individuals and covered dependents. The Secretary of HHS has already directed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to take every legally available step to ensure patient access to family planning care and to protect family planning providers.”

The executive order comes after Biden called on Congress in late June to remove the filibuster to “codify” Roe v. Wade into law after the Supreme Court overturned it.

“The most important thing to be clear about is I believe we have to codify Roe v. Wade in the law,” Biden said at the time . “And the way to do that is to make sure that Congress votes to do that, and if the filibuster gets in the way, it’s like voting rights, it should be … we provide an exception for this … require an exception to the filibuster for this action.”

Biden made a similar request of Congress regarding voting regulations legislation, but both have gone unanswered.

To read his executive order in its entirety click here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2022/07/08/executive-order-on-protecting-access-to-reproductive-healthcare-services/

Some information from this article comes from https://www.thecentersquare.com/national/biden-signs-executive-order-promoting-abortion-access/article_e0126eb0-fedd-11ec-843d-7f484791291c.html