The Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the right to an abortion was denounced by President Joe Biden as “out of control” on Friday.
Abortion patients and providers will be kept secure according to an executive order signed by Vice President Biden, especially at facilities located close to states with access restrictions.
While Becerra must figure out most of the specifics, the order is ambiguous and was issued in an effort to soothe public outrage from enraged Democrats.
President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Friday to increase access to abortion in states that have outlawed it as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to reject the constitutional right to an abortion two weeks earlier, labelling the court as “out of control” and “out of control.”
Vice President Kamala Harris and Health Secretary Xavier Becerra stood at Biden’s side as he criticised the conservative majority on the court for denying Americans essential freedoms like the right to privacy in medical decisions like getting an abortion.
He remarked from the White House, “We cannot allow an out-of-control Supreme Court working in tandem with extremist elements of the Republican Party to take away freedoms and our personal liberty.”
The president criticised Justice Clarence Thomas’ remarks in a concurring opinion reversing Roe v. Wade that encouraged appeals of earlier decisions on subjects like as access to contraception, homosexual marriage, and other matters.
Astonished, Biden questioned, “What century are they in?,” and vowed to veto any future Republican-led efforts to outlaw abortion statewide. The Affordable Care Act provides women with free contraceptive counselling and birth control.
After that, Biden signed an executive order pledging to safeguard the security of abortion providers and patients as well as access to the procedure using mobile clinics close to the borders of states with abortion access restrictions.
The directive also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to publish a report outlining steps taken to protect medical abortion, guarantee access to IUDs and emergency contraception, and expand reproductive education within the next month.
Despite the fact that it is still unclear exactly what the federal government intends to do, it instructs HHS to take action to safeguard access to the abortion pill. More than 20 years ago, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the abortion drug mifepristone as a secure and reliable method of ending a pregnancy before the tenth week.
The FDA officially approved the pill’s mail delivery from authorised pharmacies and healthcare providers in December. At the time, the ruling was lauded by Planned Parenthood, a healthcare organisation that favours access to abortion services, as a substantial advancement of reproductive rights.
The decision was made two weeks after the Supreme Court decided to overturn the important Roe v. Wade ruling from 1973, ending 50 years of legal precedent. At least eight states, including Texas, Alabama, and Missouri, have already outlawed abortion, and over the next two months, another dozen are anticipated to follow suit.
Democrats are on Biden and Congress to take additional action in response to the court’s decision because they are outraged and angered by it. Although the order aims to lessen some of the public fury, it is ambiguous and leaves most of the specifics up to Becerra and legal professionals to hash out.
Additionally, on Friday, Biden instructed HHS to make sure that pregnant women who are having miscarriages or other difficulties have access to emergency medical treatment.
Medical experts may put off treating miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies out of concern that state prosecutors would view these interventions as a kind of abortion, according to pro-abortion campaigners.
Advocates for abortion rights have pushed lawmakers to suspend the Senate’s 60-vote threshold requirement for passage of legislation, which would be a Herculean job in a chamber where Democrats and Republicans are evenly divided and who mostly favour the court’s decision to overturn Roe.
In his Friday speech at the White House, Biden acknowledged that fact and asked Americans to participate in the approaching midterm elections in November.
The enactment of a national statute codifying Roe, which I will sign right away upon its passage at my desk, is the quickest method to restore Roe, he declared.
Women who reside in states that forbid abortion must either cross state lines to obtain a prescription in a state where the operation is still permitted, which entails some dangers, or order the pill from abroad, which entails some hazards.