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US President Joe Biden this Friday signed an executive order to strengthen measures protecting access to abortion and contraceptives in the country, after the Supreme Court stripped existing constitutional protections and granted autonomy to states.
During his remarks from the White House, the president described the court’s decision to overturn the landmark ruling that led to constitutional protections for abortion known as Roe v. Wade. “Terrible, extreme and completely wrong”.
“Let me say one thing first: This is not a constitutional decision,” the president said before announcing the measures. Security includedOnenThis is Access to abortion drugs.
Additionally, Strengthen defenses A Women crossing state borders To perform the procedure, protects access to contraceptives and takes steps to protect patient privacy.
This order requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, Submit a report on the process These steps will be taken within the next 30 days.
Roe vs. Wade: A challenge to Biden
From within the Democratic Party, Biden has been under pressure to take more decisive action after the Supreme Court’s decision to remove constitutional protections for abortion by overturning Roe v. Wade.
It opened the way for each state to define whether abortion is permitted, in addition to regulations to regulate it.
The president used his remarks to tell Americans that the only way to “exercise and restore” women’s abortion rights is to “use the power to vote.”
“Let me explain: We need two more pro-abortion senators and a House [de Representantes] Pro-abortion to codify Roe into law. Your vote can make this a reality,” Biden said.
The Supreme Court’s 1973 decision that guaranteed the constitutional right to abortion across the United States in Roe v.
Since then, at least nine states have instituted nearly complete bans on abortion, some of which only involve a threat to the mother’s life.
In contrast, other states are trying to protect abortion access amid myriad legal challenges, while abortion clinics try to find ways to operate in this new legal environment.
Biden asked the attorney general and White House counsel to reach out to pro-life lawyers and public interest organizations to promote legal representation and medical access to women seeking abortions.
Pressure on the piston
Analysis by Anthony ZurcherBBC journalist in North America
Since the Supreme Court issued its decision to strike down Roe v. Wade, abortion rights activists have called on the president to do more.
The US president’s initial reaction, an expression of regret about the decision and a call to vote Democratic in the midterm elections, was seen by many as inadequate.
Rumors that Biden was not working, either because of his advanced age or his political inclinations, grew to the point that the White House could not ignore them.
However, the president’s authority on the issue of abortion is specifically limited by rules established by Congress that prohibit the federal government from spending funds to support abortion: some of those rules had Biden’s support at the time.
This creates a crisis for the President.
Polls indicate that a majority of the public supports the legalization of abortion, even in states with future bans.
But any sweeping action the president claims to support faces legal challenges, and public support for presidential actions could wane if the White House is seen to be overstepping its powers.
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