President Joe Biden unveiled new measures on Tuesday to protect the right to abortion, 100 days after the Supreme Court struck down Roe vs. Wadethe ruling that protected the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy, and called on Americans to pressure Congress to pass legislation to ensure that abortion is legal in the United States.
President Biden’s action occurs when reproductive rights have become a central issue in political campaigns ahead of the November elections.
Democrats have built on the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade to motivate voters to elect lawmakers who will expand abortion rights nationwide and prevent Republicans from imposing more restrictions.
“Right now we’re short a handful of votes,” Biden said at the second meeting of the White House task force on reproductive health. “The only way it will happen is if the American people make it happen.”
“A national abortion ban means that even if you live in a state where extremist Republican officials are not in charge, your right to choose is still at risk. They want the right to choose to disappear for all women, in all the states of this country”, Biden wrote on Twitter. And he continued: “Congress should codify Roe protections once and for all.”
The measures, enacted Tuesday by the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services, include strengthening a law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender, known as Title IX, and the delivery of $6 million in aid for research on reproductive health and sexual education.
Under the new guideline, the federal government tells higher education institutions that it is illegal to discriminate against students or faculty based on pregnancy or “termination of a pregnancy.”
At the same time, requires educational institutions to treat pregnancy, postpartum or abortion in the same way “as any other temporary leave” in the health insurance plans they offer to students or teachers.
“We have not turned back and we are not going to turn back” on the protection of reproductive rights, Biden said in remarks prior to the meeting with the White House task force on reproductive rights, where the vice president was also present. Kamala Harri, and other members of her cabinet.
On the same day that the White House recalls that one hundred days have passed since the Supreme Court revoked the protection of the right to abortion in the country, Biden and Harris used the occasion to ask Congress to pass federal legislation that protects that right.
“You must do it now,” the president said, referring to Congress, and recognized the impact that the decision of the Supreme has had for reproductive rights in the country.
“What’s scarier is that, in some states, they (Republicans) are already succeeding” in passing laws banning abortion, the Democratic leader said.
The Supreme Court decision gave states the power to issue their own laws regarding abortion. As a result, terminating pregnancy is currently illegal in 13 of the 50 US states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, South Dakota, Idaho, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia.
Source: La Opinion