Facing pressure, Biden to sign order on abortion access

President Joe Biden will take executive action Friday to protect access to abortion, the White House said.

Biden is facing immense pressure from fellow Democrats to be more forceful on the subject after the Supreme Court ended a constitutional right of the abortion two weeks ago.

The White House said Biden will speak Friday morning “on protecting access to reproductive health care services.”

The actions he was expected to outline are intended to try 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 formalize instructions to push back on efforts to limit the ability of women to access federally approved abortion medication or medical travel across state to access abortion services.

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

That will be an effort to protect the privacy of women who seek or utilize abortion services

The White House said it will also convene volunteer lawyers to provide women and providers with pro bono legal assistance to help them navigate new state restrictions after the Supreme Court ruling.

“President Biden has made clear that the only way to secure a woman’s right to choose is for Congress to restore the protections of Roe as federal law,” the White House said

“Until then, he has committed to doing everything in his power to defend reproductive rights and protect access to safe and legal abortion.”


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