Former Vice President Joe Biden has outlined what his first steps will be, should he be sworn into office as President of the United States in January 2021. According to a recently released administrative agenda, one of his first actions will be to overturn the pro-life executive orders put into place by President Donald Trump.
Documents allegedly leaked from the Glover Park Group, which is said to be working with the Biden campaign, outline what his priorities will likely be. They include a number of policy issues, including climate change, immigration, and the COVID-19 pandemic, but also included is a plan to “[r]everse Trump actions on abortion and reproductive health care.”
These claims are echoed in reports from the Washington Post and the Associated Press. “Biden supports abortion rights and has said he will nominate federal judges who would uphold Roe v. Wade,” the Associated Press reported. “He will rescind Trump’s family planning rule, which has prompted many clinics to leave the federal Title X program that provides birth control and basic medical care for low-income women. In a switch from his previous stance, Biden now says he supports ‘repeal’ of the Hyde Amendment, opening the way for federal programs such as Medicaid to pay for abortions.”
Biden has additionally vowed to make Roe v. Wade “the law of the land.”
Pro-life executive orders passed by Trump include reinstating the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits federal funding from going towards foreign nonprofit organizations that promote or commit abortions. He also instituted a Title X family planning funding rule change, and rather than comply, Planned Parenthood walked away from $60 million in federal taxpayer funding. The rule change mandated that abortion businesses separate their abortion services from family planning services, both fiscally and physically. Despite complaints from abortion advocates, Trump’s pro-life policies were found to have had no negative effects on global women’s health.
Another move promised from Biden is an attempt to do away with the Hyde Amendment. The original Hyde Amendment was passed in 1976, and barred the use of taxpayer dollars from funding abortion. It has been added to every appropriations bill since then. While Biden previously supported it, he changed his position during his campaign for president, even though polling has found that Americans overwhelmingly oppose taxpayer-funded abortion. The Hyde Amendment is also estimated to have saved millions of lives, yet the abortion industry continually fights to eliminate it, and Biden has promised to follow through.
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