President Joe Biden has signed an executive order in response to the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v Wade that instructed Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to fight pro-life states by providing information on ways to circumvent state law and by fighting states that make laws preventing women from traveling out of their state to receive an abortion.
Recently, the Supreme Court put an end to the 1970s decision that erroneously made abortion a right in America. In a 5-4 decision, the justices ruled that Roe was unconstitutional and sent it back to the states to be decided on by their citizens — Justice Roberts ruled in favor of the Mississippi law, but against overturning Roe.
In a statement after signing the executive order, Biden said, “A patient comes into an emergency room in any state in the union, She is experiencing a life-threatening miscarriage, but the doctor is going to be so concerned about being criminalized for treating her.”
Biden’s pronouncement on Friday came with his apparent understanding that passing federal law is the job of Congress, which he continues to demand they do. Given the makeup of the Senate, it is easy to see such legislation passing if historic pressure is not put on the legislature by the public.
In his closing statement, Biden said that the DOJ and HHS would be moving forward to ensure women had access to abortion clinics. Much of this is in the form of information, but the president did also instruct the departments to fight pro-life states that attempt to defend the unborn by passing laws against leaving the state to receive an abortion.
How effective that will be is yet to be seen. But Democrats intend on eventually putting a federal mandate on states, removing again their constitutional right to stop a horrific procedure from being carried out within their borders.