In response to President Joe Biden’s claim that his administration is “look[ing] at” whether or not to declare a public health emergency over abortion rights, progressive lawmakers are urging him to follow through on the declaration that could free up resources to fight abortion bans.
Biden told reporters in Delaware on Sunday that the declaration is “something I’m asking the medical people in the administration to look at whether I have the authority to do that and what impact that would have.” He said that the strongest action that Democrats could take is to pass a bill that Recently, the Senate was defeatedThis would be codified Roe v. Wade.
The president offered words of encouragement for pro-abortion protesters who have risen up in droves — including outside of the White House over the weekend — in response to the far right Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe. “Keep protesting. Keep proving your point. It’s critically important,” he said.
Responding to news that Biden is considering the declaration, Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Massachusetts) wrote, “Good. Now declare it,” on Twitter.
“Every minute we wait, we risk losing someone we love,” said Rep. Cori Bush (D-Missouri). SCOTUS’ decision to overturn Roe could be a death sentence for our most marginalized communities who already face racism and barriers to health care. [The president] must declare a public health emergency to save lives.”
Bush and Pressley had previously called for Biden’s declaration of an emergency to safeguard abortion access. In a letter last month, Pressley was one of 19 Black women in Congress. in urging Biden to “use every tool at your disposal to protect fundamental reproductive rights and abortion access across this country.” The lawmakers said that conservatives’ abortion bans would especially harm Black people, who already face higher pregnancy death ratesThey are more attractive than their white counterparts.
Senators Tina Smith (D–Minnesota), and Elizabeth Warren (D–Massachusetts), have alsoTo protect reproductive rights, a request for an emergency declaration was made.
A public health emergency declaration would free up fundsand resources of government agencies in order to respond quickly to the crisis. Advocates claim that the declaration is vital to ensure that the government has both the authority and the resources necessary to respond to the crisis. an uptickIn demand for reproductive health services.
However, it seems unlikely that Biden’s administration will take this step. Reporters found last weekBiden’s top officials had considered declaring an emergency of public health following the Supreme Court’s decision last month. However, they decided against it.
Jennifer Klein, director of the White House Gender Policy Council. told reporters on Friday that it’s still a possibility, but that the declaration wouldn’t be that effective in responding to the problem.
Meanwhile, Biden has been facing criticism from Democrats and the left for his administration’s inaction on abortion rights so far.
Last week The president signedAn executive order that directs HHS to investigate ways to expand abortion rights. This includes expanding access to contraceptives and abortion medication, and expanding family planning services. While it includes some critical provisions like addressing data privacy concerns, abortion advocates said, it’s nowhere near enough to protect the people who will suffer due to the far right’s abortion bans.
Meanwhile, pro-abortion advocates lambastedThe White House last week White House communications director Kate Bedingfield criticizedLeft-wing protesters have been protesting against the bans. “Joe Biden’s goal in responding to Dobbs is not to satisfy some activists who have been consistently out of step with the mainstream of the Democratic Party,” she said.
Progressives claim that Biden and mainstream Democrats have been blocking action regarding abortion rights. Two months ago, this was already the case. Biden had refusedTo support the abolishment or reform of filibuster in order codify RoeHe only changed his name. After the Supreme Court decision was made, my mind was changed. — after people had already been affected by state trigger laws that immediately implemented bans.