President Joe Biden will sign a recent executive order addressing Americans’ access to abortion on Friday, two weeks after the Supreme Court’s conservative bloc voted to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling.
The White House said Biden will use his executive authority to defend reproductive rights inside various federal agencies, but stressed Congress had the last word power to codify abortion access as federal law.
The order will construct on steps the Biden administration has already taken.
Biden plans to direct the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to take additional motion to guard and expand access to medication abortion, protect access to contraception and ensure patients are in a position to obtain emergency medical care.
The White House will formalize efforts by the Department of Justice to thrust back against any state efforts to limit the power to travel out of state to get an abortion or access abortion medication.
The order will even direct several federal agencies to raised protect patient privacy amid concerns that digital information could put some women in danger in states which have already outlawed abortion following the Supreme Court’s decision. The White House said HHS will consider strengthening the federal law restricting release of medical information and issue updated guidance to tell doctors that they’re largely not required or allowed to share patient information with law enforcement.
President Biden will sign a recent executive order addressing Americans’ access to abortion on Friday.
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The order, nevertheless, is proscribed, and the White House doesn’t have blanket ability to revive or safeguard Americans’ access to abortion nationwide, Biden said.
Biden has faced fierce calls to guard abortion services, and drawn anger from some Democrats for moving slowly after the Supreme Court’s ruling. Biden has also earned the ire of some politicians amid reports he planned to nominate an anti-abortion lawyer to a lifetime judgeship in Kentucky the day the court’s ruling was handed down.
Although Biden condemned the court’s ruling, he has also stressed that the ability to codify Roe v. Wade into law resides with Congress. In recent days, Biden has said he would support Democrats weakening the filibuster to achieve this ― a notable departure as he has long resisted such calls.
“We now have to codify Roe v. Wade within the law, and the strategy to do this is to be certain that the Congress votes to do this,” Biden said last month. “And if the filibuster gets in the way in which, it’s like voting rights, we offer an exception for this, or an exception to the filibuster for this motion.”
Progressives have called for the White House to do way more to guard abortion rights. Those proposals include calls to construct abortion clinics on federal land or military bases ― an idea the White House said was not on the table. Other efforts, including one to expand the Supreme Court, have also failed to realize steam.