Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24th, sending the decision regarding the legality of abortion back to the states, abortion rights supporters all over the country have been scrambling to try to maintain abortion access. Individual states are in chaos trying to figure out what the law is in each state. Now, Joe Biden is doing the limited amount he can to maintain access to abortion, by signing an executive order.
On Friday, Biden signed an Executive Order that takes steps to preserve abortion access but he also let Americans know he can’t restore access without them. “The executive order attempts to safeguard access to medication abortion and emergency contraception, protect patient privacy, launch public education efforts as well as bolster the security of and the legal options available to those seeking and providing abortion services,” reports CNN.
The White House released this statement surrounding the issue of getting abortion rights back throughout the country: “President Biden has made clear that the only way to secure a woman’s right to choose is for Congress to restore the protections of Roe as federal law. Until then, he has committed to doing everything in his power to defend reproductive rights and protect access to safe and legal abortion.”
Biden used the opportunity to try to get liberals to the ballot box in November, urging them to vote for candidates that will support a woman’s right to an abortion. Biden tweeted: “This Court has made it clear it will not protect the rights of women. I will. That’s why today I’m signing an Executive Order to protect access to reproductive health care.”
Here are the specifics of Biden’s abortion executive order:
- The President is directing Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to submit a report to him within 30 days on the actions his department is taking on the matter. The President is also establishing an interagency task force on reproductive health care access, which will include Attorney General Merrick Garland.
- HHS will take action to expand access to emergency contraception and long-acting reversible contraception like intrauterine devices, or IUDs, according to the White House. The department is tasked with ensuring patients have access to “the full rights and protections for emergency medical care afforded under the law” and the President has directed Becerra to consider updating guidance that clarifies physician responsibilities and protections under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act. Garland has also issued a statement saying states cannot ban Mifepristone — a medication used to end early pregnancy that has FDA approval.
- The department will ramp up outreach and public education efforts on abortion “to ensure that Americans have access to reliable and accurate information about their rights and access to care.”
- In preparation for expected legal challenges ahead, the attorney general and the White House counsel are convening private pro bono attorneys and organizations to provide more legal representation to those lawfully seeking abortions as well as those providing them.
- The executive order also focuses on protecting patient privacy. The President is asking the chair of the Federal Trade Commission to consider taking steps to protect consumer privacy when seeking information about reproductive health care services. Biden has also directed Becerra, in consultation with Garland and the FTC, to consider options to address deceptive or fraudulent practices and protect access to accurate information.
- The President is directing HHS to consider additional actions to safeguard sensitive information related to reproductive health care, including under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Becerra has directed the HHS Office for Civil Rights to issue new guidance related to the HIPAA Privacy Rule to clarify that doctors and medical providers are in most cases not required — and in many instances not permitted — to disclose the private information of patients, including to law enforcement. The office will also issue a guide for consumers on how to protect personal data on mobile apps.
- The order also looks to ensure the safety of those seeking as well as providing abortion care, including by protecting mobile clinics that have been deployed to provide care for out-of-state patients.
Some people expressed their anger at Biden’s Executive Order, tweeting: “Fuck Joe Biden and his executive order this morning!”
And: “Biden signs an executive order to protect access to baby murdering mills. This is pure evil.”
Joe Biden is a Catholic who is doing whatever he can to support women’s access to abortion. It’s hard to know how he sleeps at night, knowing that his God says abortion is murder. Funny thing is that, while he signed the Executive Order, he also tried to nominate a very anti-abortion judge to the federal court recently. He may still do it. Is Biden a hypocrite or does he just have no idea what he’s doing?