After President Joe Biden condemned the Supreme Court ruling that ended the constitutional right to abortion and signed an executive order to try to protect access to the procedure, White House aides echoed his call to Americans to make it an election issue in November. .
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“The Supreme Court has taken away a constitutional right that was precedent for nearly 50 years,” said Jennifer Klein, executive director of the White House Gender Policy Council. Her office aims to promote gender equity and equality in domestic and foreign policy.
“We are all very aware that this cannot be resolved with executive action alone and that the best and fastest way to fix this is by codifying Roe, restoring Roe by legislation,” she said.
Klein described how the executive action formalized instructions to the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services to roll back efforts to limit women’s ability to access federally approved abortion medications or travel across state borders to access clinical abortion services.
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Biden is advising agencies to work to educate medical providers and insurers about how and when they should share privileged patient information with law enforcement. It is an effort to protect women who seek or use abortion services.
He is also calling on the Federal Trade Commission to take steps to protect the privacy of those seeking reproductive care information online and to establish an interagency task force to coordinate federal efforts to protect access to abortion.
“The way to really solve this is for people to make sure their voices are heard at the polls,” said White House Press Secretary Katrine Jean-Pierre.
“That’s what he’s asking for,” she said.