Biden is expected to sign the executive order at the inaugural meeting of the administration’s recently created Task Force on Access to Reproductive Health Care, a task force comprised of representatives from multiple federal government departments. Cabinet members are also expected to brief the president on steps their respective agencies have taken “to uphold reproductive rights” at Wednesday’s meeting, an administration official told reporters on Tuesday.
Wednesday’s executive order directs Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to consider “all appropriate measures to ensure that health care providers comply with federal non-discrimination laws so that women receive medically necessary care without delay,” including steps to provide health care providers with technical information and legal advice amid the state’s patchwork of legal restrictions on abortion care following the Supreme Court decision.
The executive order further directs HHS to expand its maternal health data research efforts, “to accurately measure the impact that declining access to reproductive health services is having on women’s health,” it said. the official said on Tuesday.
Ultimately, however, the president can take no action to restore the national right to abortion, and Biden has publicly acknowledged that his options for expanding abortion access remain limited.