According to the White House, US President Joe Biden will sign an executive order on Friday to assist secure women’s access to abortion and contraception after the Supreme Court reversed the Roe v Wade judgment that legalized abortion last month.
Biden, a Democrat, has under pressure from supporters, especially progressives, to act in the aftermath of the momentous decision, which overturned about 50 years of safeguards for women’s reproductive rights.
According to the White House, Biden will instruct the Health and Human Services Department to take measures to safeguard and extend access to “medication abortion” authorized by the Food and Drug Administration.
In addition, he will urge the agency to guarantee that women have access to emergency medical care, family planning services, and contraception, including intrauterine devices (IUDs.)
Biden’s attorney general and White House counsel would gather pro bono lawyers and other groups to give legal assistance to both abortion patients and providers.
The White House stated in a statement that “Such representation could include protecting the right to travel out of state to seek medical care,”
The Supreme Court’s decision reaffirmed states’ right to prohibit abortion. As a consequence, women with undesired pregnancies must choose between going to another state where the operation is still legal and accessible, purchasing abortion pills online, or having a possibly deadly illegal abortion.
Biden has slammed the court’s decision.
The issue may motivate Democrats to vote in the November midterm elections, when Republicans have a chance to take control of Congress. Democrats have a small House majority and control the Senate, which is equally split, thanks to Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote.
According to the White House, Biden’s executive order on Friday is also aimed at protecting patients’ privacy and ensuring the safety of mobile abortion clinics at state borders, and it directs the formation of a task force to coordinate the administration’s response on reproductive health care access.