In response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson ruling, which handed decisions about abortion back to the states and thus voters, President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Friday that pushes his taxpayer-funded, abortion-on-demand agenda to the top of his administration’s priority list.
The order will funnel federal time, resources, and funds, mostly through the Department of Health and Human Services, to shield existing abortion clinics, promote unlimited abortion, and circumvent Republican state laws to help send women to abortion appointments in other states.
“What we’re witnessing wasn’t a constitutional judgment. It was an exercise in raw political power,” Biden said.
In addition to casting doubt on the legitimacy of the Supreme Court, Biden called Dobbs “extreme” and claimed the Republican-nominated justices who made up the majority lied about the ruling being “a decision driven by history.”
Polling suggests that at least 44 percent of Americans — a plurality — prefer for abortion issues to be dealt with at the state level, yet Biden is using his executive power to implement pro-abortion radicalism through the federal government under the guise of ensuring that “Americans have access to reliable and accurate information about their rights and access to care.”
It’s unclear how exactly the Biden administration defines “reliable and accurate information,” but if congressional Democrats get their way, that information will deliberately exclude pregnancy centers that work around the clock to assist women and children but have been smeared as “fake clinics.” Some Democrats have even demanded they be shut down. Meanwhile, Biden and his administration were silent on the firebombings at dozens of pregnancy centers around the nation.
Despite demands from progressives such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to open abortion facilities on federal lands, the Biden administration declined to implement the practice, which could have “dangerous ramifications.” Instead, Biden plans to use Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to increase the promotion of contraception including some problematic birth controls and harmful abortion pills and said he wants the Department of Justice to do “everything in their power” to protect women seeking abortions and abortion facilities.
Biden previously signaled he would not accept the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision. Less than 24 hours after the draft opinion was leaked in May, Biden threatened to use his executive authority to reject the end of Roe v. Wade. Despite Democrats’ history of defending poor rulings from the high court as the “law of the land,” Biden pledged to use his Gender Policy Council and White House Counsel’s Office to counter “the continued attack on abortion and reproductive rights” by the Supreme Court.
When the court officially released the final Dobbs decision, Biden called on Americans to vote for pro-abortion politicians who will give Democrats in Congress the leverage they need to snatch the abortion issue back from states and voters to the federal level. He repeated the same plea to circumvent “extreme Republican governors” and “Republican extremists in the Congress” on Friday during his remarks about the new executive order.
“This is the fastest route available. I’m just stating a basic fundamental notion. The fastest way to restore Roe is to pass a national law codifying Roe, which I will sign immediately upon its passage on my desk,” Biden said, shortly before he repeated an unconfirmed and dubious story about a 10-year-old girl who was denied an abortion.
Several pro-life organizations condemned Biden’s remarks and his executive order. “It is tragic that this administration is using its power to push for more and more painful abortions which harm women and take innocent lives. Of particular concern is the administration’s effort to push chemical abortion which carries significant health risks to women, even more than surgical abortion. Our nation today faces significant challenges, not enough abortion is not one of them,” March for Life President Jeanne Mancini said in a statement.
“Long gone is the Democratic Party of ‘safe, legal, and rare.’ President Biden has once again caved to the extreme abortion lobby, determined to put the full weight of the federal government behind promoting abortion,” said SBA Pro-Life America President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Democrats will stop at nothing to promote their agenda of abortion on demand, up until the moment of birth, paid for by the taxpayers — including dangerous mail-order abortion drugs — even if it means gutting the long-standing filibuster, increasing the size of the Supreme Court, or putting abortionists in tents in national parks.”