Biden issues second executive order to protect access to abortion

President Biden issued an executive order on Wednesday to protect people’s ability to travel out of state to access abortion.

The big picture: This is the second executive order issued to preserve access to abortion following the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

State of play: Biden signed the executive order during the first meeting of the White House Task Force on Reproductive Health Care, which focuses on coordinating federal government efforts on reproductive health.

Details: The executive order directs the Department of Health and Human Services to “consider measures to advance access” to reproductive health services, including through Medicaid for patients who travel out of state.

  • Biden is also asking HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra to consider “all appropriate measures” to ensure health care providers comply with federal non-discrimination laws so people can “receive medically necessary care without delay.” “.
  • Becerra must also “evaluate and improve research, data collection and data analysis efforts” on maternal health.

What he says : Biden said the executive order would respond to “the health care crisis that has unfolded since the Supreme Court overturned Roe and that women face across America.”

  • The order “will help protect access to health care, including the right to choose and contraception. [It] promotes the safety and security of clinics, patients and providers, and protects patient privacy and access to accurate information. »
  • “I believe Roe gets it right. It’s been the law for nearly 50 years. And I’m committed to the American people to do everything in our power to protect access to health care, including the right to choose that women had under Roe v. Wade, which was snatched away by that extreme court.”

Zoom out: Although the Biden administration has taken several steps to respond to the Supreme Court’s ruling, the executive’s role in protecting abortion care is limited without congressional action.

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