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WATCH: President Biden Signs Executive Order In Defense Of Reproductive Healthcare

WATCH: President Biden Signs Executive Order In Defense Of Reproductive Healthcare

Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the fundamental right to privacy in healthcare has been stripped from women across the country. Not only are people who are seeking abortions at risk, but some patients have complained of being denied other medications — even though the patent is not pregnant — simply because the medication could end a pregnancy, and despite the medication being needed for other conditions. President Joe Biden has signed an executive order as the first step in combatting this deprival of reproductive freedom.

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 08: U.S. President Joe Biden signs an executive order on access to reproductive health care services as (L-R) Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra, and Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco look on during an event at the Roosevelt Room of the White House on July 8, 2022 in Washington, DC. President Biden delivered remarks on reproductive rights at the event. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Biden addressed this on Friday with an executive order, which doesn’t instantly restore rights or access to reproductive care, but does start the process through a few paths. It calls for the Department of Health and Human Services to determine options available for protecting abortion; an outreach program to educate the public on reproductive rights and options; convening attorneys to promote the protection and defense of people seeking abortions; and to consider actions to ensure the safety of clinicians and those seeking reproductive services, among a list of other steps.

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As he signed the document, Biden said that the United States cannot allow “an out-of-control Supreme Court, working in conjunction with extremist elements of the Republican Party” to deprive people of autonomy and personal freedoms. He also noted that there’s more at risk, including marriage equality and access to contraception. He also declared that the right to privacy is, “Yes, embedded in our Constitution.”

The full executive order can be read on the White House website, here.

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