As he signed an order to protect access to abortion, President Joe Biden stated that passing a federal statute would be the “quickest method” to reestablish abortion rights. He referred to a recent Supreme Court abortion decision, which eliminated the practice’s legal protection on a national level, as “an exercise in raw political power.” It opened the door for state-level abortion policy decisions in the US. Mr. Biden has come under pressure to act more forcefully in response to the decision. The Friday presidential decision, which would partially restore abortion rights but not all of them, is only expected to have a little effect.
Mr. Biden has stated that without US Congress action, his power to establish abortion rights is constrained. About the significant 1973 decision that upheld the constitutional right to an abortion, Biden argued that passing a national statute codifying Roe would be the “quickest way to restore Roe.” He emphasized in his remarks that this was a matter for the upcoming midterm elections and urged people to vote for Democratic majorities as the quickest way to restore Roe V Wade. He also stated that US voters had a choice between “the mainstream or the extreme.” He also cited a recent news story in which a 10-year-old Ohio girl who had been sexually assaulted was compelled to go to a neighbouring state for an abortion.
“Imagine being a little girl. Just imagine being a little girl, 10 years old. Does anyone believe that?” he said. In addition to protecting access to contraception, Mr. Biden’s new executive order strengthens protection against potential penalties that women seeking abortions may encounter if they cross state boundaries for the operation. It contains efforts to protect people’s access to abortion drugs. The directive also takes further measures to safeguard patient privacy, such as addressing the exchange and sale of private health information and preventing digital surveillance of facilities providing reproductive healthcare.
At least nine states have implemented an almost total ban on the operation since the Supreme Court’s abortion decision over two weeks ago, with the sole exemption being a risk to the mother’s life. Abortion clinics are currently having difficulty navigating the hodgepodge of new regulations, and other states are frantically trying to maintain access to abortion in the face of legal challenges.