The President of the United States, Joe Biden, signed an executive order that aims to expand access to abortion in the country. The decision was announced this Friday (08). Despite this, the scope of the measures announced by the Democrat is not clear. The decision would have been taken after the country’s pro-abortion movement asked for a “response” to the Supreme Court’s decision that culminated in the change of understanding on the case Roe v. Wade.
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According to the official information released by the White House, the package of measures is intended to guarantee women’s reproductive rights – euphemism for abortion -, as well as family planning – the statement talks about facilitating access to contraceptives.
Despite since it is unclear what the scope will be and what measures are in practice to facilitate abortion, Biden instructed the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, to, within 30 days, present a report and take measures aimed at women’s reproductive health.
Among the objectives of this executive order are: expanding access to abortion, protecting patients’ privacy and expanding access to medicines, with to facilitate medical abortion. In addition, the US Department of Health and Human Services wants to increase access to both emergency and long-term contraception, such as intrauterine devices (IUDs).
Biden’s package also includes dissemination of information on “reproductive health”, and the convening of volunteer lawyers who are interested in assisting women in legal issues involving abortion.
It is estimated that nearly 3 million dollars to ensure that US Department of Health and Human Services clinics have training and resources for these actions.
According to Reuters
, Biden criticized the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade during a conversation with reporters at the White House. “What we are witnessing was not a constitutional trial, it was an exercise of raw political power,” said the Democrat, who is avowedly pro-abortion.
The executive order was a reaction from the White House after the United States Supreme Court decision to change its understanding of Roe v. Wade and give states the freedom to legislate abortion as they see fit.