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White House issues executive order protecting abortion access

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The Biden administration released an executive order protecting abortion access on Friday, July 8.

The White House issued the order in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe v. Wade last week.

President Joe Biden said in the order the decision will threaten access to and the quality of healthcare for millions.

“In the face of this health crisis, the Federal Government is taking action to protect healthcare service delivery and promote access to critical reproductive healthcare services, including abortion,” the order reads. “It remains the policy of my Administration to support women’s right to choose and to protect and defend reproductive rights.”

The order directs the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to submit a report that identifies ways to protect and expand access to reproductive healthcare, including abortion. There will also be an effort to share information about access to services including free or reduced care at federally funded health centers, Title X clinics, and other providers.

Additionally the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security are to consider actions to ensure the safety of patients, providers, and third parties, and to protect the security of clinics (including mobile clinics), pharmacies, and other entities providing, dispensing, or delivering reproductive and related healthcare services. The Federal Trade Commission will also work to protect the privacy of patients seeking reproductive healthcare.

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