By Kemi Osukoya
July 8, 2022
President Joseph Biden is expected to sign an executive order on Friday that will safeguard access to reproductive health care services, formalizing the actions his administration has taken since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade.
The order is expected to protect access to abortion, contraceptive pills, protect women’s patient privacy and information, ensure safety and security of patients, providers and clinics and coordinate the implementation of federal efforts to protect reproductive rights and access to health care services.
After the Supreme Court reversed the 1972 Roe v Wade ruling late last month, the President and Vice President Kamala Harris have held several meetings with democrat governors, physicians, abortion providers and advocates, reproductive rights advocates at the White House to consult on how best to continue to support women’s reproductive rights and access to services.
The President and Vice President have both denounced the ruling.
The administration also rolled out new programs through his Health and Human Services agency that will ensure continues access, including a $3 million new funding to bolster training and technical assistance for nationwide network of Title X family planning providers as well as making funds available for women to travel out of state to obtain reproductive health services.
The European Parliaments on Thursday voted overwhelmingly, 324-155, to condemn the U.S. Supreme Court repealing Roe v Wade and urged the US Congress to pass a bill that would protect abortion at federal level.