As the left continues to protest and pressure Democrat lawmakers to “do something” about the overturning of Roe v. Wade, Biden has signed an executive order to “protect reproductive rights” in the United States.
Today I signed an Executive Order to protect the reproductive rights of women in the aftermath of the Supreme Court's extreme decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
It formalizes the actions I announced right after the decision and will add new measures to protect women's health. pic.twitter.com/cujWTnxKvw
— President Biden (@POTUS) July 8, 2022
The order comes after many Democrat officials and citizens criticized Biden for not acting fast enough to protect their “constitutional right.”
The executive order is intended to protect abortion and contraception access, and at Biden’s direction, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will protect access to chemical abortion drugs.
The executive order directs agencies to inform medical providers about when and how they are required to share private information. Biden also advised the Federal Trade Commission to establish an interagency task force to coordinate federal efforts to protect abortion access.
However, the executive order can only accomplish so much, which is why Biden emphasizes his effort to have Congress codify Roe into law.
At a press conference in Spain last week, Biden made a radical proposal, calling for Senate rules to be changed and to eliminate the filibuster so Congress could codify Roe into law.
During his speech, Biden also emphasized the need for women to go out and vote, because if the Senate picks up two more Democrat seats and the U.S. House remains Democrat, they will have a clear pathway to advance the codification of Roe. Biden also expressed that if Congress were to pass legislation to protect abortion access in the United States, he would immediately sign it into law.
Biden then spun the current tale of doctors and hospitals being afraid to treat a women with a life-threatening miscarriage for fear that they will be prosecuted for facilitating an abortion. However, all states that ban abortion ensure women are protected if miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies occur.
Additionally, under the Texas Heartbeat Act, a doctor can induce an abortion to save the mother’s life.
Even with the left’s attempt codify Roe into law, Texas Right to Life says Texas’ pre-Roe laws won’t be affected and Biden’s executive order only protects contraception and emergency medical procedures.
“Texas’ response will depend primarily on the Biden administration’s next steps regarding mail-order abortions. It’s clear that Biden believes there is an opportunity to thwart the will of pro-life states by mailing abortion drugs. His executive order instructs federal agencies to report back to him on whether they can expand mail-order abortions in pro-life states.” said Kimberlyn Schwartz, director of media and communication for Texas Right to Life.
“However, this still would not stop Texas from protecting preborn children. Regulations from federal agencies like [Health and Human Services] are not the same as laws passed by Congress,” said Schwartz. “Because of our strong pro-life laws, we are well situated to withstand any executive branch attempts to overreach in expanding access to deadly abortion-inducing drugs.”
Though Roe v. Wade has been overturned and Texas has laws on the books to protect the unborn, the fight is not yet over.