Joe Biden announces policies to protect access to abortion

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris met with his Reproductive Rights Task Force Tuesday afternoon

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris met with his Reproductive Rights Task Force on Tuesday afternoon (Image: AP/Rex)

At a meeting held 100 days after the fall of Roe v. Wade was appointed by the Supreme Court, President Joe Biden announced new policies protecting abortion and reproductive rights across the country.

The President said he believes the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case was “wrongly decided.”

More than a dozen states have passed laws prohibiting or restricting access to abortion since the Supreme Court ruled Roe v. Wade canceled 1973 on June 24th.

The President said he would urge Congress to protect Roe v. Wade into law, and his administration will do everything possible to protect women’s rights to travel to states where abortion is legal.

“We will not stand by and allow Republicans across the country to pursue extreme policies,” Biden said.

He also condemned Republican efforts to pass federal legislation banning or restricting access to abortion. “Republicans in Congress are stepping up their extreme position with a proposal for a national ban,” Biden said. “That means that even if you live in a state that doesn’t have extremist Republican officials running the show, your right to vote is still at risk.”

“A lot of these laws would make doctors criminals just because they’re treating a patient,” the president said. Biden described an example of this in Arizona, where a judge last week reversed an abortion ban based on a law passed in 1864.

“Two days after the effective date, a young 14-year-old girl suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis was initially unable to get a refill for her prescription — the drug she had been taking for years to treat her illnesses,” Biden said. “Because of concerns that this drug could be used to terminate a pregnancy. And that’s exactly what we feared.”

Biden also condemned a recent report that found the University of Idaho told staff they could be fired for promoting contraception.

“Guys, what century are we living in?” asked the President.

“It is clear that the Dobbs ruling has sown fear and confusion on our college campus,” said Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. Cardona agreed with the president and said he was concerned about the implications of the Dobbs decision for students.

“Students need access to health care to thrive in school and in life,” he said.

Before closing the meeting for the press, Biden offered a two-part message to the American people. “Firstly, we’ve got your back. We will not withdraw from this. And second, we heard your voices.”

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