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Biden Signs Executive Order on Abortion Related Travel

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President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed an executive order to preserve access to abortion in light of the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this summer to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The president said the order will help women travel out of state to receive abortions and advance research and data collection “to evaluate the impact that this reproductive health crisis is having on maternal health and other health conditions.”


Biden signed the executive order during the inaugural meeting of the administration’s recently created Task Force on “Reproductive Healthcare Access,” comprised of representatives from multiple departments across the federal government.

The order also directs Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra to consider “all appropriate actions to ensure health care providers comply with federal non-discrimination laws so that women receive medically necessary care without delay.”

It thus included steps HHS should follow to supply health care providers with technical and legal guidance amid the varying sets of legal restrictions on abortion in separate states following the Supreme Court’s decision.

Biden further directs HHS to consider using taxpayer dollars, including from Medicaid, to support women traveling out-of-state for abortions.

Texas Right to Life told The Dallas Express that taxpayers’ money should not be used to fund abortions.

“Biden’s new executive order aims to force taxpayers to fund abortion travel. In the middle of a recession, this is a gross misuse of tax dollars and, more importantly, it’s morally abhorrent. The federal government should not push the murder of countless preborn children,” said Kim Schwartz, the group’s director of media and communications.

Last month, a bill that would have granted women the right to travel across state lines to seek abortions failed to pass the Senate after it received no support from Republicans.

Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) said in remarks on the Senate floor at the time that the issue is “not just about the right to travel and the right to health care; it’s deeper than that; it’s the right to live.”

“To be very clear, no state has banned interstate travel for adult women seeking to obtain an abortion,” Lankford continued. “No state has done that. Now, am I confident there are some people that are out there talking? Yes, but there’s also in this Senate 5,000 bills that have been filed, and how many of them are actually going to move? As it is in every legislature across the country and everyone in this body knows it.”

Republican Texas State Sen. Bryan Hughes, the author of the 6-week ban on abortions in Texas, echoed this sentiment last month.

“We will not be trying to restrict people from traveling. I’ve read stuff on the internet about that, you won’t see me supporting legislation that limits the ability to travel, nothing like that.”

Lankford added that Democrats are trying to “inflame” and “raise the what ifs.”

The new executive order builds on a previous order to protect “access to reproductive health care services” that Biden signed last month to protect access to medication abortion and emergency contraception, protect patient privacy, launch public education efforts, and protect those seeking and providing abortion services from potential penalties.

Separately, on Tuesday, the Justice Department sued Idaho over its law that will go into effect on August 25, which will criminalize nearly all abortions. Attorney General Merrick Garland is arguing that it violates federal law.

“On the day Roe and Casey were overturned, we promised that the Justice Department would work tirelessly to protect and advance reproductive freedom,” said AG Garland. “That is what we are doing, and that is what we will continue to do. We will use every tool at our disposal to ensure that pregnant women get the emergency medical treatment to which they are entitled under federal law. And we will closely scrutinize state abortion laws to ensure that they comply with federal law.”     

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CITIZEN
CITIZEN
11 days ago

So anything democrats/biden does not like, an EO will be put in place. Do we not have appropriate procedures to change a law instead of just an EO to make things go your democrat way..

Daniel
Daniel
10 days ago

Crim rates are up in America mostly due to Democrat no-bail policies and judges who are not willing to prosecute. but it’s because America (mostly due to Democrats aging) Has took GOD out of our life’s and without God in our hearts is why life means nothing anymore we are Murdering babies more than ever before in history and we do it calling it the woman’s rights but let someone hit mush or do something to cause the loss of the baby because she wanted it, they face jail for Murdering the baby if the woman wants to keep it but the guy does not the guy must still pay for the baby till 18 and up to 26 if the kid stays in school so see its only about the woman not the child. Lack of GOD the GOV took parents’ rights away and said the GOV knows best so you can no longer correct your children in most states, or you go to jail aging lack of God in our hearts but for the ones of us that Have God in our heart’s we need to STAND UP to BIG GOV and stop letting them do as they wish it’s NOT “ghetto monkeys and illegals ” it’s because we do not stand united as ONE agents BIG GOV and the BS like what the Democrats have been doing but it takes all of use that have GOD in our hearts to do it at one time we all need to Vote GOD not DEM or REP but GOD yes I know for the most part to vote GOD we will be Voting republican I am a Democrat ashamed to call myself a Democrat anymore

P.S. No gun has ever killed anyone. Gun’s do NOT kill people, people kill people
why is we did not see one DEM come out against the Trucks for Killing the 50+ immigrants because the truck did not kill them it was the coyotes the human traffickers, but this is all because of Biden and the Democrats trying to fix it so that there are so many Democrats the republicans will never be in office aging this is packing the country its better then packing the courts.

Thomas
Thomas
Reply to  Daniel
10 days ago

You are so stupid if you think “God” fix all the Human things.

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