Biden considers executive order to protect abortion rights

President Joe Biden announced that he is considering other ways of protecting legal access to abortion if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.

According to a report by The Washington Examiner, Biden is considering using the presidential executive powers to preserve a mother’s legal right to terminate her unborn child’s life.

Should he decide to make an executive order to protect abortion rights, however, they would be non-binding, and potentially temporary if a Republican administration were to discard them.

In Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Biden indicated his willingness to take executive action if the Supreme Court upholds Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban.

The ruling, if handed down, would nullify legal federal protection for pre-viability abortions and return authority to the states to regulate abortion access. According to a leaked draft opinion, the court is set to reverse the 1973 Roe decision.

Although the wording of the executive orders are unknown, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Thursday that the government is considering them.

“The administration continues to explore every possible option in response to the anticipated Supreme Court decision in Dobbs,” Jean-Pierre said. “If the Supreme Court overturns Roe, we will need Congress to take action to restore Roe.”

A group of 25 Democratic senators has already handed Biden a roadmap for protecting abortion access in the event that the right is declared unlawful by the Supreme Court. Senators led by Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Patty Murray (D-WA) have proposed a number of initiatives that the administration could pursue through executive order, including expanding access to abortion-inducing medication, providing resources such as travel vouchers and childcare services for women traveling across state lines to obtain a legal abortion, and establishing abortion clinics on federal land, such as military bases, within states that have banned the procedure.

“As extremist judges and Republican politicians intensify their efforts to strip Americans of their basic reproductive freedoms, you can demonstrate to the country and women everywhere that you will do everything in your power to fight back,” the senators said last week. “We urge you to immediately issue an executive order instructing the leaders of every federal agency to submit their plans to protect the right to an abortion within 30 days.”