August 03, 2022
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President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday that aims to support patients who travel out of state for abortion services and ensure health care providers adhere to federal nondiscrimination laws.
The executive order also seeks to promote research and data collection to investigate the impact that the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has had on women’s health.
According to a statement from the White House, the executive order directs HHS to consider action to expand access to reproductive health services, including through Medicaid, for patients who travel out of state for these services.
It also directs HHS “to consider all appropriate actions to ensure health care providers comply with federal nondiscrimination laws so that women receive medically necessary care without delay,” the release said. These actions may include offering technical assistance to health care providers who are unsure of their responsibilities in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s ruling; gathering providers to inform them of their responsibilities and potential consequences of noncompliance to nondiscrimination laws; and providing additional guidance or taking other actions “in response to any complaints or reports of noncompliance with federal nondiscrimination laws.”
During the signing, Biden applauded voters in Kansas who recently rejected a proposed state constitutional amendment that would have stated that abortion was not a right in the state.
“Voters made it clear that politicians should not interfere with the fundamental rights of women,” he said.
This is the second executive order that the president has signed following the Supreme Court’s decision. The initial executive order directed efforts to safeguard access to abortion and contraception, protect patients’ privacy and support the safety of patients, providers and clinics.
“Under federal law, no woman, whether pregnant or not, no matter where she lives, should be turned away or denied necessary treatment during a medical crisis,” Biden said.