Biden's new Presidential Memorandum
Today (1/22/2013) is the 50th anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision that made abortion legal.
Joe Biden picked today to issue a new presidential memorandum to protect access to abortion pills.
Here is the actual release from the White House:
FACT SHEET: President Biden to Sign Presidential Memorandum on Ensuring Safe Access to Medication Abortion
Vice President Harris Will Announce Presidential Memorandum in Remarks in Florida to Mark 50 th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
On what would have been the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade , President Biden will issue a Presidential Memorandum on Further Efforts to Protect Access to Reproductive Healthcare Services. Vice President Harris will announce the Presidential Memorandum in Florida later today, where she will speak about the next steps in the fight for reproductive rights and reinforce the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to protecting access to abortion, including medication abortion.
Since the day of the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization , President Biden has emphasized the need to protect access to mifepristone, a drug used in medication abortion that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for over 20 years and accounts for the majority of all abortions in the United States.
Earlier this month, the FDA took evidence-based action to support safe access to mifepristone by allowing the continued use of telehealth to prescribe the medication and creating a new option for certified pharmacies to dispense it to patients.
Some state officials have taken steps to try to prevent women from legally accessing medication abortion and to discourage pharmacies from becoming certified by the FDA.
Today, President Biden will sign a Presidential Memorandum to further protect access to medication abortion.
In the face of barriers to medication abortion and concerns about the safety of patients, healthcare providers, and pharmacists, today’s Presidential Memorandum announces actions to:
- Protect Legal Access to Medication Abortion. The Presidential Memorandum directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), in consultation with the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS), to consider new guidance to support patients, providers, and pharmacies who wish to legally access, prescribe, or provide mifepristone—no matter where they live.
- Safeguard Patient Safety and Security. To ensure that patients understand their right to access reproductive healthcare despite roadblocks, the Presidential Memorandum directs the Secretary of HHS, in consultation with the Attorney General and the Secretary of DHS, to consider new actions to ensure that patients can access legal reproductive care, including medication abortion from a pharmacy, free from threats or violence. The President has long made clear that people should have access to reproductive care free from harassment, threats, or violence. Pharmacies should be treated no differently.
The Attorney General and the Secretaries of HHS and DHS will also provide recommendations to the White House Interagency Task Force on Reproductive Healthcare Access, which was established by President Biden in Executive Order 14076, on additional ways to address barriers faced by patients, providers, and pharmacies in safely and legally accessing or providing medication abortion, consistent with evidence-based requirements set by the FDA.
Here is the Fox spin on this important memorandum:
Biden issues memorandum to protect access to abortion pills
Roe v. Wade was overturned by the US Supreme Court in a June 2022 landmark decision
President Biden issued a presidential memorandum Sunday on what would have been the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade in an effort to protect access to abortion pills across the country.
Vice President Kamala Harris made the announcement during her remarks in Florida as she spoke on the administration's efforts to expand abortion rights.
"Members of our Cabinet and our administration are now directed as of the president's order to identify barriers to access to prescription medication and to recommend actions to make sure that doctors can legally prescribe, that pharmacies can dispense and that women can secure safe and effective medication," Harris said during her remarks in Tallahassee, Florida.
"The Presidential Memorandum on Further Efforts to Protect Access to Reproductive Healthcare Services will direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) with the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) "to consider new guidance" for entities and individuals – including patients, medical providers, and pharmacies – that wish to "legally access, prescribe, or provide mifepristone" across the U.S., according to a statement released by the White House.
The memorandum also directs the secretary of HHS along with the attorney general and the secretary of DHS to look into other means through which patients can access "legal reproductive care," including abortion medication from pharmacies, "free from threats or violence."
The attorney general and the HHS and DHS secretaries will also work with the White House Interagency Task Force on Reproductive Healthcare Access in addressing "barriers" patients, pharmacies and medical providers currently face when attempting to acquire abortion medication.
"At the same time that we work to protect this aspect of reproductive care, many states have gone even further and now have total bans in effect," Harris said during her remarks before continuing on to list several states that have already issued near-total abortion bans.
Harris also called upon Congress to pass a reproductive rights bill, saying Biden will sign it if so.
"So to all the friends and leaders, I say, let us not be tired or discouraged because we're on the right side of history," Harris said.
Please notice that Fox embedded a link to the "MARCH FOR LIFE". They said, "ATTENDEES CALL FOR BANS AND SUPPORT FOR PREGNANT WOMEN". I'm sure they want more "bans" on abortion butt, I question their "support for pregnant women".
Calling on Congress to pass a "reproduction rights bill" will probably ensure that the fucking House of Reprehensibles will not even vote on it.
Biden will probably need to use an Executive Order like the one below:
Gender Policy Council
The Gender Policy Council (GPC) was established by President Biden to advance gender equity and equality in both domestic and foreign policy development and implementation. The GPC covers a range of issues—including economic security, health, gender-based violence and education—with a focus on gender equity and equality, and particular attention to the barriers faced by women and girls. It also plays an essential role in the President’s efforts to advance equity in government policy for those who face discrimination and bias based on multiple factors—including members of the Black, Latina, Native American, AAPI, and LGBTQI+ communities, as well as persons with disabilities.
The GPC is led by Jennifer Klein, who serves as an Assistant to the President and the Director of the Gender Policy Council. The GPC is staffed by domestic and global gender policy experts, including a Senior Advisor on Gender-Based Violence.
The GPC works in coordination with the other White House policy councils and across all federal agencies to drive a strategic, whole-of-government approach to advance gender equality and gender equity, as part of the implementation of the first-ever National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality in the U.S.
You can read the March 8, 2021 executive order establishing the Gender Policy Council here .
Joe Biden has always supported Women Rights. As you can see he also supports civil rights of the LGBTQI community and, of course, the rights of the AAPI community.
"Can't we all just get along?" - Rodney King
UPDATE: Attorneys General of 22 Red States have said their states wouldn't "comply" with the Biden Presidential Memorandum. And, of course, Governor DeSantis said Florida state will ignore the memorandum.