Joe Biden’s “Women’s Agenda” Would Significantly Increase Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Providers

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Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has announced his “Agenda for Women” promising to reinstate Obama-era policies that flooded major abortion providers like Planned Parenthood with taxpayer dollars.

In a Medium article outlining the agenda on Monday, Biden listed his plans to roll back several Trump administration policies and state laws that threaten public funding of abortion providers:

  • Stop state laws violating Roe v. Wade. Biden will work to codify Roe v. Wade, and his Justice Department will do everything in its power to stop the rash of state laws that so blatantly violate Roe v. Wade.

  • Restore federal funding for Planned Parenthood. The Obama-Biden Administration fought Republican attacks on funding for Planned Parenthood again and again. As President, Biden will reissue guidance specifying that states cannot refuse Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood and other providers and reverse the Trump Administration’s rule preventing these organizations from obtaining Title X funds.

  • Just as the Obama-Biden Administration did, rescind the Mexico City Policy (also referred to as the global gag rule) that President Trump reinstated and expanded. This rule currently bars the U.S. federal government from supporting important global health efforts — including for malaria and HIV/AIDS — in developing countries simply because the organizations providing that aid also offer information on abortion services.

  • Restore the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate in place before the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision. The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision makes it easier for the Trump-Pence Administration to continue to strip health care from women — attempting to carve out broad exemptions to the Affordable Care Act’s commitment to giving all women free access to recommended contraception. Biden will restore the Obama-Biden policy that existed before the Hobby Lobby ruling: providing an exemption for houses of worship and an accommodation for nonprofit organizations with religious missions. The accommodation will allow women at these organizations to access contraceptive coverage, not through their employer-provided plan, but instead through their insurance company or a third-party administrator.

Alexis McGill Johnson, CEO of Planned Parenthood, shared Biden’s agenda in a tweet, heaping praises upon Biden.

“This election is about our survival and our future,” McGill Johnson wrote. “Today @JoeBiden put forward an agenda that affirms we are not only voting to protect what we have, but also to ensure that women have the freedom to make health care choices.”

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