Weeks Before Life Term, President Biden Takes Executive Action on Abortion Rights

In the face of dwindling time and mounting pressure, President Joe Biden signed an executive order Friday aimed at safeguarding access to abortion services in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade..

The order, which Biden signed while vacationing in South Carolina, directs the Department of Health and Human Services to explore actions to protect and expand access to reproductive health care, including abortion. It also establishes an interagency task force to coordinate efforts across the federal government to ensure access to reproductive health care, including abortion and contraception..

The executive order comes just weeks before the midterm elections, in which abortion rights are expected to be a major issue. Democrats have been pushing Biden to take more aggressive action on abortion rights, while Republicans have largely criticized the president’s efforts to protect access to abortion..

In a statement released with the executive order, Biden said that the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade was a .

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