President Joe Biden has issued a second executive order regarding abortion since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade in July.
This time around, he has focused on protections for those who travel out of state to procure abortions.
The order was signed on Wednesday during the first formal meeting of the White House’s Task Force on Reproductive Health Care, Axios reported.
The president said the action is intended to address “the health care crisis that has unfolded since the Supreme Court overturned Roe and that women are facing all across America.”
It orders the Health and Human Services Department to consider “all appropriate actions” to ensure providers abide by all federal nondiscrimination laws to ensure abortion-seeking women “receive medically necessary care without delay.”
The order also calls on HHS to “consider action to advance access” to abortion services, particularly as relates to the use of Medicare for abortions sought by out-of-state travel.
While the executive branch is limited in its options to undermine state laws limiting abortion, President Biden vowed early on when it was strongly believed the court would overturn Roe that he would use the “full force” of the federal government to protect access “reproductive health care.”
Last month, the president signed an executive order calling on his state agencies to explore means through which it could “protect and expand access to abortion care, including medication abortion” as well as “identifying ways to increase outreach and education about access to reproductive healthcare services, including by launching a public awareness initiative to provide timely and accurate information about such access.”
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