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Biden to roll out latest guidance to universities to guard access in speech marking 100 days since Roe was overturned


US President Joe Biden addresses the nation on the White House in Washington, DC on June 24, 2022 following the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade.

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President Joe Biden plans to spotlight GOP efforts rolling back access to abortion in a speech Tuesday marking 100 days for the reason that Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade’s constitutional right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy.

Greater than a dozen Republican-led states have effectively banned abortions for the reason that court’s Dobbs v. Jackson ruling that gave that authority back to the states, most of which don’t allow for exceptions for rape or incest. The changes have impacted nearly 30 million women of reproductive age — 22 million of whom cannot access abortion after six weeks, in response to the White House.

“Extreme abortion bans are having consequences that reach beyond abortion, including reports of ladies being denied access to needed prescriptions and contraception at pharmacies and on college campuses,” Jennifer Klein, director of the White House Gender Policy Council, wrote in a memo ahead of Biden’s meeting along with his Task Force on Reproductive Healthcare Access.

Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris plan to talk on the event, rolling out latest guidelines from the Department of Education reminding universities of their requirements to guard access to abortion in addition to $6 million in latest grants to guard and expand reproductive services, in response to Klein’s memo.

The speech comes a month out from the midterm elections where Democrats are susceptible to losing control of 1 or each houses of Congress, giving Biden a chance to spotlight the administration’s work on abortion and essentially campaign for candidates locked in tight races.

Republicans in Congress are already seeking to further restrict abortion access. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina introduced a national abortion ban that may have the penalty of jail time for doctors who perform them.

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