On Wednesday, President Joe Biden issued an executive order to assist in covering the costs of travel for women seeking abortions, according to The Center Square.
Biden signed the order instructing the Health and Human Services Department to consider using funds, including Medicaid, to support women who travel outside of their state for abortion services during a meeting with the administration’s recently established Task Force on Reproductive Healthcare Access on Wednesday.
“Today’s Executive Order builds on the first Executive Order that I signed last month to safeguard access to health care – including abortion care – that was ripped away,” Biden said on Twitter. “I told you I wouldn’t back down. That hasn’t changed.”
In addition, the agency was instructed to gather information to assess the impact of the decision on maternal health and to make sure healthcare providers adhere to federal anti-discrimination rules when providing such services.
Critics castigated the decision, saying that the order was a damaging one:
“Our country is in a recession, Americans can’t afford gas or groceries, and yet all Joe Biden cares about is pushing his radical and unpopular late-term abortion agenda,” said Ronna McDaniel, Republican National Committee Chairwoman. “Republicans will continue to fight for commonsense pro-life protections and the pocketbook issues that families care about.”
Additionally, detractors said that the executive order broke the Hyde Amendment, which forbids the use of any federal funds for abortions except than in cases where the mother’s life is in danger.
“Is no one else concerned that Biden’s priority is to ensure children are dead instead of fed?” Students for Life said in a statement after the order was announced. “Where is the executive order on baby formula?”
A day after Kansas voters rejected an amendment to the state constitution that would have allowed for additional abortion restrictions in the state, the executive order was issued.
“I don’t think the Supreme Court or for that matter Congressional Republicans – who for decades have pushed their extremist agenda – have a clue about the power of American women,” Biden said on Twitter. “Last night in Kansas they found out.”