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Abortion rights: Biden signs new executive order on abortion rights: 'Women's health and lives are at stake'

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The president said the order will help women travel out of state to get abortions, ensure that health care providers comply with federal law so women don’t delay getting treatment, and It said it will advance research and data collection to “assess the impact that this reproductive health crisis is having.” On maternal health and other health conditions and outcomes. ”

Biden spoke of the “turmoil and uncertainty” created by the Supreme Court’s ruling, saying that “women’s health and lives are at stake.”

“Emergency care is not provided to women experiencing miscarriage, doctors are unsure what they can offer their patients, pharmacists are unsure if they will be able to fill the prescriptions they have always filled, It was a tragic case of a rape victim, including 10 one-year-old girls who were forced to move to another state for care.

The order came a day after Kansas voters gave a landslide victory over abortion rights advocates, defeating measures that would allow the Republican-led Congress to impose new restrictions.Biden celebrated at the White House. was a vote.

“In a decisive victory, voters have made it clear that politicians must not interfere with women’s fundamental rights. I voted to do so and sent a strong signal that I refuse to allow them. “And my administration has their back.”

Biden signed the executive order at the first meeting of the recently established Task Force on Access to Reproductive Healthcare, which is made up of representatives from multiple departments across the federal government. Ministers reported to the president on the measures their respective institutions had taken to protect reproductive rights.

The order states to Secretary of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, “to ensure that health care providers comply with federal antidiscrimination laws so that they can receive medically necessary care without delay. We are instructed to consider all appropriate actions. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling, the guidance was not applied in a patchwork of state legal restrictions on abortion care.

Last month, CNN reported that doctors were struggling to navigate Byzantine guidance as states across the country passed increasingly stringent abortion restrictions. Experts warn that doctors performing abortion surgeries have a “very chilling effect” even when doctors are confident in what they are doing. within the limits of the law. ”
Wednesday’s order also directs HHS to consider measures to ensure that women traveling across state lines seeking an abortion have access to medical services, including Medicaid. Last month, a bill guaranteeing the right of women to travel across state lines to seek abortions failed to pass the Senate after Republicans blocked the bill.
According to senior government officials, this would allow states to provide care to out-of-state patients seeking abortions through Medicaid 1115 waivers, waiving certain state-based requirements when providing care and allowing states to waive “specified will be able to help cover the costs of

The executive order also directs HHS to expand research efforts on maternal health data “to accurately measure the impact of reduced access to reproductive health care services on women’s health.” officials said on Tuesday.

White House press secretary Carine Jean-Pierre explains how the president’s executive order on reproductive medicine avoids violating the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal funds to perform abortions. Pressed on Wednesday, the Department of Health and Human Services sees “more details on how it will work with states to provide care through Medicaid waivers.”

“As you know, Medicaid provides comprehensive health care for low-income women. Support services include helping patients coordinate care,” Jean-Pierre told CNN’s MJ Lee. “It also includes rape, incest and abortion care in certain circumstances as permitted by the Hyde Amendment which is the life of the mother.”

Jean-Pierre told Lee that the executive order “covers care that would otherwise be part of Medicaid,” including non-emergency medical travel and other medical services.

She added, “The Hyde Amendment is law, and we intend to follow that law.”

Wednesday’s executive order is the second executive order Biden signed following the Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. Last month, Biden signed an interagency petition to protect access to abortion care and contraceptives, protect patient privacy, and use “all available federal tools to protect access to reproductive health care.” signed an order stating that it would establish a task force for

Ultimately, however, there is no action the president can take to restore abortion rights nationwide, and Biden has made it public that his options to expand access to abortion remain limited. I admit to

This story has been updated with additional information.