The timing may be a coincidence, but on the day after pro-choice Americans got a big victory in deep-red Kansas, President Biden will sign an important executive order.
The Biden administration announced the action in a fact sheet provided to PoliticusUSA:
President Biden will issue an Executive Order on Securing Access to Reproductive and Other Healthcare Services, building on actions that the Biden-Harris Administration has taken to protect access to reproductive healthcare services and defend women’s fundamental rights. The President kick off the Vice President’s first meeting of the Task Force on Reproductive Healthcare Access. At the meeting, the Cabinet will discuss their progress and the path forward to address the women’s health crisis in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
EXECUTIVE ORDER ON SECURING ACCESS TO REPRODUCTIVE AND OTHER HEALTHCARE SERVICES
Through today’s Executive Order, the President will announce actions to:
INTERAGENCY TASK FORCE ON REPRODUCTIVE HEALTHCARE ACCESS
The President will sign the Executive Order at the first meeting of the interagency Task Force on Reproductive Healthcare Access. After the President signs the Executive Order, Cabinet heads will report on the progress they have made in implementing the President’s July 8, 2022 Executive Order on Protecting Access to Reproductive Healthcare Services, as well as related actions to defend reproductive rights.
Established by Executive Order, the Task Force on Reproductive Healthcare Access is co-chaired by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, and the Director of the White House Gender Policy Council, Jennifer Klein. The Task Force coordinates and drives efforts across the Federal government to protect access to reproductive healthcare services and defend reproductive rights.
Offices across the White House – including the Office of the Vice President, the Office of White House Counsel, the Domestic Policy Council, the National Economic Council, the National Security Council, the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy –also serve on the Task Force alongside the following Federal agencies:
President Biden can’t codify Roe. Legislation is the jurisdiction of Congress, but his Executive Branch does implement the law, and that is where Biden is focused. The Department of Justice is suing the state of Idaho over its abortion ban because it violates federal law on access to healthcare.
The Department of Health and Human Services has mandated that any provider that accepts federal money must make reproductive healthcare available for women when the health or life of the mother is at stake.
President Biden is using the full power of the Executive Branch to protect access, and after Republicans were stunned by the pro-choice referendum victory in Kansas, Americans have made it clear that they want fundamental healthcare rights protected.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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