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Biden signs executive order protecting abortion

President Joe Biden has finally responded to the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade with an executive order protecting abortion, which is the intentional homicide of undelivered human beings.

Biden released a statement Friday morning announcing his intention to sign the order, while continuing to put pressure on Congress to codify Roe into federal law.

Under the order, access to abortion pills will be expanded, while strengthening enforcement of the Obama Administration’s birth control mandate, and organizing pro bono lawyers to defend anyone facing charges relating to abortion. Additionally, the order will provide $3 million in new funding for family planning organizations, provide leave for federal employees traveling for abortion, and protect access to abortion for female service members in the military.

He also has vowed to see Roe codified into law and appoint pro-abortion judges throughout the country to keep abortion protected.

According to CNN, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will have to submit a report within 30 days outlining how they will put the order’s requirements into place. The order also creates an interagency task force between the HHS and the White House Gender Policy Council, and will include Attorney General Merrick Garland.

Biden dismissed ideas floated by several abortion advocates, including placing abortion facilities on federal land, even within pro-life states, something White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said would have “dangerous ramifications.”

 

Friday afternoon Biden officially signed the order, in a ceremony which took place in the Roosevelt room of the White House. He was accompanied by Vice President Kamala Harris and HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra.

“I want to talk about an executive order I’m signing to protect reproductive rights, in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s terrible, extreme, and I think, so totally wrong-headed decision to overturn Roe v. Wade,” he began, continuing, “Let’s be clear from the very start: this was not a decision driven by the Constitution. Let me say it again: this was not a decision driven by the constitution, in spite what those justices in the majority said.”

In truth, the “right” to abortion was created by the Roe court underneath the right to privacy.

Biden continued by claiming there is nothing in history to support the decision, and accused the Supreme Court of playing “fast and loose with the facts.” A reading of the Dobbs decision, however, demonstrates otherwise.

Biden then claimed that Roe was enacted to end women dying in illegal, unsafe abortions, even though that claim has been thoroughly debunked, including by liberal publications like the Washington Post. In 1972, the year before Roe was decided, just 24 women died from legal abortions, and 39 from illegal abortions, according to the CDC. Despite these facts, Biden claimed, “Even 150 years ago, the common law, and many state laws, did not criminalize abortion early in pregnancy, which is very similar to the viability line drawn by Roe. But the Dobbs majority ignores that fact. And the Dobbs majority ignores that many laws were enacted to protect women at the time, when they were dying from unsafe abortions. This is the horrific reality that Roe sought to end.”

“What we’re witnessing wasn’t a constitutional judgment,” he added. “It was an exercise in raw political power.” In reality, the Supreme Court gave power back to the Legislative branch of each state — so that the people’s elected representatives will once again decide a state’s abortion law.

Biden again reiterated the need to codify Roe into law, and urged Americans to vote for pro-abortion politicians during the midterm elections this fall. “We need two additional pro-choice senators and a pro-choice House to codify Roe as federal law,” he explained. “Your vote can make that a reality.”

READ: DEBUNKED: 11 myths about post-Roe abortion laws Abortion advocates

Women, Biden continued, hold the political power at the ballot box and warned that pro-life politicians and justices were “about to find out” about this power — even though women identify as pro-life in similar numbers as men. “It’s my hope, and strong belief, that women will in fact turn out in record numbers to reclaim the rights that were taken from them by the court,” he said, adding, “What we’re witnessing is a giant step backwards in much of our country.”

“The choice is clear: you want to change the circumstances for women, and even little girls in this country, please go out and vote,” he pleaded. “… For God’s sake, there’s an election in November! Vote! Vote!”

In the meantime, he said would sign the executive order so he could do everything in his power to protect women, as well as protect abortion facilities. He also claimed that the fall of Roe could threaten the ability of married couple to use contraception, that it threatens privacy, puts women’s lives at risk, health apps will track women’s information — a litany of myths that have already been debunked but which persist on social media and in pro-abortion media.

“The court and its allies are committed to moving America backwards, with fewer rights, less autonomy, and politicians invading the most personal decisions,” he concluded. “Remember the reason of the decision has an impact much beyond Roe, and the right to privacy generally … We cannot allow an out-of-control Supreme Court, working in conjunction with extremist elements of the Republican party, to take away freedoms and our personal autonomy.”

Kimberlyn Schwartz of Right to Life Texas noted in an email, “Biden’s executive order is largely ineffectual. Most of the proposition focuses on ensuring access to emergency medical care, contraception, abortion information, and recruiting lawyers to defend individuals who legally commit abortion if they are prosecuted. Although some of these actions might target the Culture of Life, they will not change the legitimacy of the pre-Roe statutes….”

Editor’s Note, 7/8/22: This post has been updated since its original publication.

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