Amid ongoing rage from the left flank of his party, much of which is frustrated with his inaction on marquee issues, President Joe Biden last week took emergency action and signed an executive order aimed at protecting access to abortion in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, as the Associated Press reports.
Included in Biden’s order are steps designed to thwart possible penalties that could attach to women seeking the procedure in some states, but the president is unable to grant access to abortion in states where bans or strong restrictions have already taken effect.
The move also instructed the Justice Department and the Department of Health and Human Service to combat initiatives aimed at limiting access to federally approved abortifacient drugs or curtailing the freedom to travel across state lines to undergo the procedure.
Further, the president called on the federal government to assist in mobilizing attorneys willing to provide free legal services to women as well as abortion doctors as they work to assess the new statutory frameworks applicable in individual states.
Ultimately, even Biden had no choice to admit that there was only a limited range of actions available to him, saying, “[t]he fastest way to restore Roe is to pass a national law. The challenge is to go out and vote. For God’s sake there is an election in November!”
As Fox News reported, Biden also slammed what he called the “terrible” and “extreme” ruling ending Roe, suggesting “I don’t think the court, or for that matter, the Republicans who for decades have pushed the extreme agenda, have a clue about the power of American women. But they’re about to find out.”
“In my view, it is my hope, and strong belief, that women will, in fact, turn out in record numbers to reclaim the rights that have been taken from them by the court,” Biden added.
In a blistering response to Biden’s executive order, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) said, “As he ignores seemingly coordinated premeditated bombings of pregnancy centers across America, President Biden is absurdly doubling down on the federalization of abortion, while – among other things – subverting and undermining the democratically passed laws of states regarding dangerous chemical abortion pills.”
After aptly underscoring the point that in reality, all the Supreme Court really did was to return the issue of abortion to the citizenry, just as the Constitution requires, Fox News host Trey Gowdy rhetorically asked Biden on Sunday, “If you believe a national consensus exists on these issues, why would that consensus not be reflected by the people at the ballot box?”