Biden issues a pro-abortion executive order.
After the Supreme Court struck down a constitutional right to the procedure two weeks ago, President Biden is under increasing pressure from his fellow Democrats to take more action on the issue.
On Friday, he issued an executive order to maintain access to abortion. In November, the president slammed the court’s ruling and encouraged voters to back politicians who favor abortion rights legislation.
Along with Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra, Mr. Biden made the statement at the White House on Friday. “This was not a decision driven by the Constitution, and contrary to what those justices in the majority said, this was not a decision driven by history.”
The president’s plans for action on Friday aim to lessen some of the possible consequences of the decision for women seeking abortions.
Still, they fall short of guaranteeing universal access to abortion.
The executive order specifically directs the Justice Department to use all legal means to defend the rights of women seeking abortions.
It includes the right to travel to another state for the procedure and the right to obtain abortion drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
The directive also instructs the Health and Human Services Department to ensure that regardless of where a woman or girl is located, they get the emergency treatment they need.
According to Mr. Biden, the presidential action also increases access to free contraception while defending access to it.
To safeguard women who seek or use abortion services, the executive order also instructs agencies to cooperate to train healthcare professionals and insurers about how and when they are obligated to disclose confidential patient information with law enforcement.
Additionally, it calls on the Federal Trade Commission to take action to safeguard the privacy of internet users looking for information on abortion and other reproductive services. Mr. Biden claimed that the Constitution “embedded” the right to privacy.
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