Thursday, December 01, 2022

United States: Executive order is good news for abortion rights but greater access to healthcare is urgently needed

Responding to the news that President Biden signed an executive order that seeks to protect access to abortion and protect patient privacy, the interim national program director, advocacy and government affairs at Amnesty International USA Tarah Demant said:

“We welcome President Biden’s important step to protect access to safe and legal abortion through executive order. Still, more must be done to ensure that women and girls who become pregnant have access to healthcare.” have full access to

“This includes providing more resources to support those in need of abortion care, including expanding telehealth services to those seeking drug abortions and access to abortions for those on low incomes.

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“The Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services (HHS) must deliver on its promise to protect abortion services, aggressively pursuing legal action against any and all barriers to abortion access at the state level – including Restrictions include drug abortion and out-of-state travel for abortion care.

In addition, the Justice Department must examine all federal avenues to prevent state efforts to criminalize abortion care—including the use of federal assets and resources to provide reproductive health care in states with severe restrictions.

“While we welcome the administration’s commitment to protecting patient privacy and access to accurate information, it should also consider tech companies – including Meta, Google and Twitter – as central partners to these efforts.

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“Action is urgently needed to regulate tech companies’ censorship of online information about abortion, as we begin to see the devastating impact of this anti-abortion landscape on all aspects of society, including access to information online.

“As more states rush to pass anti-abortion laws, Amnesty also renews its call on the Biden administration to declare a national public health emergency. Until then, we remain vigilant and will continue to hold the administration accountable for our promises to protect safe and legal access to abortion.”

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