Biden announces steps to protect abortion access but advocates urge him to do more : WASHINGTON — Under pressure from his political party to be more aggressive in his efforts to defend rights to abortion the president Joe Biden on Friday announced new measures the administration has taken that will ensure access to medications and providing legal counsel to women who want to travel outside of the state to undergo the procedure.
Advocacy groups have been pushing for a swift action like declaring an emergency for public health, and the leasing of federal property to providers of abortion in the wake of last year’s Supreme Court’s verdict that overturned Roe in v. Wade. Biden has so far refused to support the actions.
“This is a moment– the moment–the moment to restore the rights that have been taken away from us and the moment to protect our nation from an extremist agenda,” Biden stated at the White House Roosevelt Room before signing an executive order outlining the steps that his administration will adopt.
Biden announces steps to protect abortion access
Biden’s directive directs that the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure and increase the availability of abortion treatment which includes access to drugs that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration as safe and effective for more than 20 years.
The order entrusts Department with taking further steps to improve the availability of reproductive health care, which includes the services for family planning and their providers such as emergency contraception as well as long-acting reversible contraception such as intrauterine devices, as per an information sheet issued through the White House.
The administration promises also proposing to improve public education and outreach on access to reproductive health provides, including abortion, and to make steps to protect both providers and patients, which includes mobile clinics that are sent to border areas to offer care to patients who are not in the state.
A group of advocates pushing to preserve and restore public insurance says Biden’s policies do not go far enough.
“We are glad to see the White House start to implement a whole of government approach to abortion access, but this plan, which the White House committed to months ago, is both late and not enough,” said Morgan Hopkins, interim executive director of strategies and campaigns of All* Above All.
NARAL Pro-Choice America called Biden’s actions “an important first step” in restoring rights that were eroded in an Supreme Court decision.
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Biden demanded the establishment of a task force to improve availability of health and also sought to offer some security to women traveling across state lines to obtain medical abortion services.
The office of the attorney general is now obligated to provide assistance to states offering legal protection for out-of-state patients and health providers. The attorney general’s office and the White House counsel’s office also will bring together private attorneys who provide legal assistance for free, as well as bar associations as well as public interest groups to provide legal representation to patients, health care providers and other organizations that provide reproductive services.
Biden is under undue pressure defend the rights of women to have abortions following the Supreme Court’s decision two weeks ago, which was a reversal of Roe V. Wade, the 1973 decision that established a constitutional right for abortion.
In his remarks on Friday, Biden declared the decision an ode to the 1800s when women did not get to exercise their right to vote. Biden’s voice was rising. Biden mentioned the case of a girl who was 10 years old from Ohio who became pregnant after an alleged rape, and was then ordered by her parents to go to Indiana to have an abortion.
“A 10-year-old girl should be forced to give birth to a rapist’s child?” He demanded. “I can’t think of anything that is much more extreme.”
Biden repeatedly called on Congress to reverse the decision by putting Roe v. Wade into federal law. Biden has indicated that he would support the change in rules for filibusters for the Senate to facilitate the codification of the right to choose to have an abortion as well as the privacy of women into federal laws.
Sixty votes are required in the Senate to approve most legislation due to the filibuster. Changes to the rules could permit senators to pass Roe V. Wade into law with an easy majority. However, getting rid of the filibuster will be up to the Senate at present, and there’s not enough votes for that.
The most effective way to change the decision, Biden said, is to pass legislation to ensure the rights of abortion.
“For God’s sake, there’s an election in November,” the politician said. “Vote! Vote! Vote! Vote!”
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While, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra has stated that Federal officials have been working to improve the availability of medication abortions in certain circumstances, make sure that providers are trained and have the right resources, and instruct that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to adopt legal measures to safeguard family planning.
Biden’s directive requires Becerra to prepare the report within 30 days regarding the protection of access to abortion medications and contraception , and to ensure women have access to emergency medical treatment.
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