The executive order directs the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to consider measures to ensure that women who travel outside their state to obtain an abortion can access the services of appropriate health.
The Secretary [Xavier] Becerra will work with states, through the Medicaid program, to enable them to provide reproductive health care to women who cannot obtain abortions in the state where they reside, said the American president. The Medicaid program covers health care for millions of low-income Americans.
Joe Biden said he wanted to respond to
uncertainty and at
chaos caused by the judgment of the high court.
Doctors are unsure of what they can do to support their patients, pharmacists hesitate before filling prescriptions they have always filled beforehe said before signing his prescription.
He mentioned in particular the case of a 10-year-old girl victim of rape, who had to obtain an abortion in the state of Indiana last month after the entry into force of a law banning abortion in her state. Native Ohio. The Attorney General of Indiana has also opened an investigation into the doctor who performed this intervention.
The American president signed this document on the occasion of the first meeting of the interagency group on access to reproductive care, itself set up by order last month.
The new decree is based on this order, which notably widened access to abortion pills.
He further orders the HHSto intensify its research efforts to accurately measure the impact of reduced access to reproductive health services on women’s health.
The United States Department of Health will also have to ensure that health care providers comply with federal non-discrimination laws when providing abortion services.
Orders and lawsuits in the absence of legislation
The effectiveness of this new order remains uncertain. It’s that under a long-standing statutory provision (the Hyde Amendment), federal programs like Medicaid cannot be used to fund abortions, except to save the woman’s life or if the pregnancy results of incest or rape.
Asked about it, White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said the Department of Health and Human Services
provide details on how it will work with States to provide care through the Medicaid program.
The Hyde Amendment is part of the law and we will obey the lawshe added.
Last month, a bill intended to guarantee the right of women to cross state lines for the purpose of obtaining an abortion was blocked by Republican members of the Senate. While no state currently prohibits traveling to another state to obtain an abortion, such a law is currently under consideration in Missouri.
By signing his order, President Biden acknowledged that his powers were limited, once again calling on Congress to codify the federal right to abortion.
Democratic senators recently torpedoed that hope by refusing to lift a parliamentary standard that requires the support of 60 out of 100 senators to pass most laws. The composition of the Senate is currently 50 Democratic senators and 50 Republican senators.
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Joe Biden has seen in recent news a
strong signal that this could happen in the midterm elections.
On Tuesday, voters in Kansas, a traditionally conservative state, rejected a constitutional amendment that would have paved the way for a ban or stricter regulations on this medical procedure.
The women and men of Kansas have made it clear that politicians don’t have to interfere with women’s human rightslaunched the Democratic president.
Meanwhile, Mr. Biden has claimed that his administration is doing
all in his power to protect these rights, including through the courts.
On Tuesday, the Justice Department filed a complaint against an Idaho state law that establishes an almost total ban on the right to abortion. This is the first federal lawsuit against a law restricting abortion since the overturning of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court.