NARAL Pro-Choice America Applauds President Biden for Executive Order to Protect Abortion Care
For Immediate Release: Wednesday, August 3, 2022
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Washington, DC — Today, at the first meeting of the interagency Task Force on Reproductive Healthcare Access, President Biden issued an Executive Order to defend access to abortion care. This federal action will support those travelling out of state to seek abortion care. It will also ensure providers comply with non-discrimination laws, as well as promote research and data collection on maternal health outcomes.
NARAL Pro-Choice America President Mini Timmaraju released the following statement in response:
“Today’s action is another important step to protect abortion access, and we thank President Biden for flexing the executive authority of his office to address the public health crises we face in post-Roe America. We look forward to continuing to partner with the administration to defend our fundamental rights from ongoing extremist attacks.”
These actions come in the aftermath of the anti-choice supermajority on the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade in its ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. This cruel decision opened the door for extremist state lawmakers to enforce extreme bans on abortion. Roughly half of the states in the country are at risk of banning abortion, and thus far, 14 states have bans in place and many more are rushing to do the same. The people hurt most by these bans and restrictions are those who already face barriers to accessing abortion care—including women; Black, Indigenous, and other people of color; those working to make ends meet; the LGBTQ+ community; immigrants; young people; those living in rural communities; and people with disabilities.
For over 50 years, NARAL Pro-Choice America has fought to protect and advance reproductive freedom at the federal and state levels—including access to abortion care, birth control, pregnancy and post-partum care, and paid family leave—for every body. NARAL is powered by its 4 million members from every state and congressional district in the country, representing the 8 in 10 Americans who support legal abortion.