(The Hill) – President Biden on Friday promised to protect access to abortion pills and contraception following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade.
In remarks from the White House, Biden blasted the decision as a “tragic mistake” made by a “hardline,” conservative-controlled Supreme Court.
“It’s a sad day for the country in my opinion, but that doesn’t mean the fight is over,” he said, calling on Congress to codify the abortion protections guaranteed by Roe v. wade through federal laws.
As for the White House, Biden vowed his administration would protect women’s access to government-approved drugs. Food and Drug Administration, including oral contraceptives and abortifacients such as mifepristone.
“My administration will also protect a woman’s access to drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the FDA. Such as contraception which is essential for preventive health care [and] mifepristone, which the FDA approved 20 years ago to safely end early pregnancy and is commonly used to treat miscarriages,” the president said.
“Some states say they will try to ban or severely restrict access to these drugs. But extremist governors and state legislatures seek to block mail or search someone’s medicine cabinet or police a woman’s actions by tracking data on her apps she uses,” said Biden. “[They] are wrong and extreme and out of touch with the majority of Americans.
Biden said he was directing the Department of Health and Human Services to make sure these drugs are available “to the fullest extent possible,” without specifying what action the department would take.
He also promised that his administration would defend the “fundamental right” of a woman living in a state where abortion is now banned to travel to another state where it is available and terminate her pregnancy.
“If any state or local official, high or low, tries to interfere with a woman exercising her basic right to travel, I will do everything in my power to fight this deeply un-American attack,” Biden said. .