The second executive order on abortion from Biden allows for interstate travel as the president directs Medicaid to provide the necessary funding for the care of out-of-state abortion.
Second Executive Order on Abortion from Biden Allows For Interstate Travel
President of the united states Joe Biden just signed a second executive order on Wednesday protecting abortion care. The latest executive order from the president will support those who must travel out of state in order to obtain an abortion. The care here includes directing Medicaid which is the government health insurance program for low-income people in helping to provide funding in the vent that such travel is necessary and needed.
The executive order from the president also allows for the encouragement of maternal health and also seeks to “ensure health care providers comply with federal non-discrimination law.”
Biden’s Tweet in Regards to His Second Executive Order
“Today’s executive order builds on the first executive order that I signed last month to safeguard access to health care — including abortion care — that was ripped away,” Biden said on Wednesday via a tweet. “I told you I wouldn’t back down. That hasn’t changed.”
Biden’s first executive order, abortion-related, was issued almost over a month ago. And the order directed US Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to keep FDA-approved abortion pills “as widely accessible as possible” and also to help protect access to contraceptives. The order also ensured there was emergency medical care for anyone who is pregnant or has had a miscarriage or abortion, and also added protection for sensitive health information of people.
The Supreme Court Overturned Its 1973 Roe V. Wade Ruling in June
Back in June, the Supreme Court overturned its 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, thus ending the constitutional right to an abortion all over the country and instead leaving the decision to the states to make laws to govern this aspect of health care.
This week, the US Justice Department filed its first lawsuit against a state to protect the rights of pregnant people to access emergency medical care, and this is including abortion if the case may be. The DOJ complaint alleges Idaho’s incoming near-total ban on abortion, which is set to go into effect on Aug. 25, as it contradicts federal law under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act.
The Justice Department Set to Continue Looking Into Abortion Ban of States
The Reproductive Rights Task Force of the justice department said that it will continue to look into abortion bans in states in order to ensure that they comply fully with EMTALA.