President Joe Biden had strong words for the Supreme Court over its overturning of Roe v. Wade as he signed an executive order Friday to try to further abortion rights, calling the Court “out-of-control” and calling on Americans to vote for Democrats who would nationally codify abortion rights.
Biden’s executive order requires Xavier Becerra, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), to “take additional action to expand access to abortion care, including access to medication the FDA approved as safe and effective over twenty years ago,” according to information released by the White House. HHS will also submit a report on the actions taken in 30 days.
The document adds, “These actions will build on the steps the Secretary of HHS has already taken at the President’s direction following the decision to ensure that medication abortion is as widely accessible as possible.”
This refers to mifepristone, a pill that causes an abortion that the Biden administration has insisted is safe.
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland has insisted that states “may not ban Mifepristone based on disagreement with the FDA’s expert judgment about its safety and efficacy.”
However, some state laws do ban abortion pills, and it is unclear whether the Executive Branch has the power to stop states from enforcing those bans.
The order also says the federal government will protect women’s access to emergency medical care, protect access to contraception and expand its availability, launch public outreach to educate the public on access to abortion, assemble volunteer lawyers to defend women who have abortions and abortion facilities, and protect private information that abortion advocates claim can be used to ferret out women seeking abortions.
However, Biden did not include the demand by some pro-abortion activists, including New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, D, who wanted abortion clinics set up on federal lands.
During his speech announcing the executive order, Biden called the Court’s decision “extreme” as well as “wrongheaded.” He said,
“Let’s be clear about something from the very start — this was not a decision driven by the Constitution. Let me say it again — this was not a decision driven by the Constitution, and despite what those justices, the majority said, this was not a decision driven by history.”
The President claimed that the Court is “playing fast and loose with the facts” and added that “medicine should not be frozen in the 19th century.”
Despite the executive order, Biden urged Congress to act to codify abortion rights nationwide. Congress needs 60 votes to pass such legislation, something it failed to do after the leak of the draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson. Biden has pressed Congress to eliminate the filibuster, or make an exception, which would allow the legislation to pass with a simple majority, but Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., have refused to end the Senate procedural tool that guards against too much control by a small majority.
Biden said abortion advocates need “two additional pro-choice senators and a pro-choice House to codify Roe as federal law.”
“Your vote can make that a reality,” he added. “I know it’s frustrating, and it made a lot of people very angry, but the truth is, and it’s not just me saying it, it’s what the court said when you read the decision — the court had made clear it will not protect the rights of women. Period.”
Biden called on the power of women voters to put abortion advocates in power, saying, “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,” he said.
Meanwhile Biden, who is Catholic, drew criticism from pro-life bishops, such as Archbishop of Baltimore William Lori, chair of the U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Committee, who called it “deeply disturbing” that Biden was using his power to further abortion, “seeking every possible avenue to deny unborn children their most basic human and civil right, the right to life.”
He continued, “Rather than using the power of the executive branch to increase support and care to mothers and babies, the president’s executive order seeks only to facilitate the destruction of defenseless, voiceless human beings.”
Biden is wrong on the Court’s decision, and it is frankly irresponsible to assert that the Court threw the Constitution to the side and took away women’s rights. What the Court did, was rectify a horrible wrong it committed 50 years ago when it created the constitutional right to abortion out of thin air. Even Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg criticized the Roe decision as faulty.
Biden’s desire to make abortion pills as widely accessible as possible shows that the left certainly doesn’t hold to their mantra that abortion should be safe, legal, and rare anymore — if it ever did.
The power now rests with voters, as it should, rather than nine justices.
The Bible tells that God is the author of life, and that He Himself forms the child in the womb (Psalm 139). Both faith and science tell us that a baby in the womb is a life, so abortion is the taking of a life. No leader should ever promote the killing of an innocent child. Biden, in his penchant for taking the Lord’s name in vain said, “For God’s sake, there’s an election in November. Vote, vote, vote, vote.”
In all truth, yes, please vote in November, but please vote for life — for the One who gives life and for the sake of those whose lives may otherwise be taken.