Secretary of Health promises medical access for abortion
The nation’s top health official declared Tuesday that “all options are on the table” to help women who want to terminate their pregnancies, after the Supreme Court struck down constitutional protections for abortion.
Even so, the truth is that the options for the government are few. President Joe Biden called Friday’s high court ruling “a sad day for the court and for the country.” Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra on Tuesday called the ruling “despicable.”
The decision places the issue of a woman’s right to decide on her own body at the center of the political campaign ahead of the mid-term elections that will take place in November, in which control of Congress and several governments will be decided. state.
Becerra acknowledged Tuesday that “there is no panacea” that fully guarantees access to an abortion for women who make that decision. However, she promised that “if there is anything we can do, we will find out and do it here at the Department of Health and Human Services.”
He affirmed that the government will work to ensure that abortion medications remain available and that patient privacy continue to be protected and family planning methods, including emergency contraception, are maintained.
Becerra pointed out that federal law requires the provision of abortion pills in the event of rape or incest or to protect the life of the mother. “Today more than ever, it is imperative that all federally funded programs and services abide by the law,” she said.
BIDEN SUPPORTS “FILIBUSTER” EXCEPTION
- President Joe Biden said Thursday he would support a filibuster exception in the Senate to protect access to abortion after the Supreme Court struck down the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy.
- “If the filibuster gets in the way, it’s like the right to vote,” Biden said in Madrid, where he is attending a NATO summit.
- The Democratic president said there should be “a filibuster exception for this action to deal with the Supreme Court’s ruling.”
- As a former senator, Biden has been reluctant to support changes to the rule, which allows any member of the 100-seat House to block a bill unless it receives 60 votes. .