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Biden to Take Executive Action on Abortion Access

Two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, President Joe Biden plans to sign an executive order on abortion access Friday, three sources familiar with the matter tell The Associated Press.

The White House said Biden will speak Friday morning “on protecting access to reproductive health care services.” He is expected to outline actions to attempt to mitigate some potential penalties women seeking abortion may face after the ruling, but are limited in their ability to safeguard access to abortion nationwide.

Biden is expected to instruct the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services to push back against any state efforts to limit a woman’s ability to go across state lines for a legal abortion or to get federally approved abortion medication, according to the AP report.

In a further attempt to protect women seeking an abortion, Biden’s executive order will also direct agencies to work to educate medical providers and insurers about how and when they are required to share privileged patient information with authorities. He will also ask the Federal Trade Commission to take steps to protect the privacy of those seeking information about reproductive care online.

The White House said Vice President Kamala Harris will attend the president’s remarks Friday morning before meeting with state legislative leaders from Indiana, Florida, South Dakota, Nebraska and Montana who are “fighting on the frontlines to protect reproductive rights.”

Many on the Left have been critical of the president for not doing more following the Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade – which effectively ended recognition of a constitutional right to abortion and gave individual states the power to allow, limit or ban the practice altogether.

Biden, for his part, has stressed that his ability to protect abortion access in states where officials plan to restrict or ban it is limited and has stressed that Congress has the ability to codify abortion rights.

“Ultimately, Congress is going to have to act to codify Roe into federal law,” he said a week ago, but the Senate likely wouldn’t have enough votes. He has also reminded pro-choice voters to go to the polls in November.

“If extremist governors try to block a woman from traveling from a state that prohibits her from seeking the medical help she needs to a state that provides that care, we will act to protect her bedrock rights,” Biden tweeted Thursday, adding hours later, “If states try to block a woman from getting medication the FDA has already approved and that has been available for more than twenty years, we will act to protect that woman’s right to that medication.”

Biden also said Wednesday that the filibuster should not stand in the way of codifying Roe. “But right now, we don’t have the votes to change the filibuster. That means we need to elect more Democratic senators and reelect our House majority in November to get this bill to my desk.”

On Tuesday, he tweeted, “Personal freedoms are on the ballot” this November but until then his administration will “do everything within our power to ensure that women have access to the medication they need and that they will have the freedom to travel to seek the care they need.”

116 Comments
  • Walt says:

    The powers of the President aren’t what these idiots think it is, he can’t override SCOTUS, it takes an act of Congress!
    He and his handlers, think they are the law and have final say! They want to override the Roe vs Wade that was recently overturned!

    “No executive action from the President can do that. And if Congress, as it appears, lacks the vote — votes to do that now, voters need to make their voices heard.”

    If a piece of legislation is brought back to the Supreme Court, they can reverse their decision, however, it would generally take newly elected officials to make that change.

  • Ellie says:

    If Jackass Joe is so hell-bent on murdering babies, I say we start with him and his goon gang…and his children…and his grand children. Great grand children as well if there are any. Hold any of them over hot coals and let’s see how he reacts.

  • FJB says:

    It’s pretty clear, Joe hasn’t thought this one out. The easier he makes it for women to get abortions, the fewer young girls there will be, for Joe to sniff their hair. I think he needs to give his next move a bit more thought before he destroys his own ability to stick his nose in young girl’s hair and get creepy with them.

  • Glenn Lego says:

    An abortion is not “medical assistance “. It’s murder.

  • First Sergeant says:

    SCOTUS simply overturned Roe v. Wade because of the Enumerated Powers section of the US Constitution that RESTRICTS the Fed Govts authority to legislate/regulate anything not on their list. Health Care & Abortion isn’t in their domain. Not Congress, SCOTUS, or POTUS.

    Obviously, Congress and the President do not comprehend the US Constitution they swore to defend. Many Supreme Justices do not, either.

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