The order was signed during the first meeting of the working group on access to reproductive care, set up last month.
United States President Joe Biden has signed an executive order to protect women's access to abortion in response to the Supreme Court's “extreme” decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and the constitutional right to abortion.
The US president had signed a similar order in July to counter the Supreme Court's decision, which he said had become out of control. This first executive order directed his Department of Health to expand access to abortion pills and ensure that women who travel for abortions are protected.
The new ordinance built on these measures. It directs the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to consider actions to ensure that women who travel outside their state to obtain an abortion can access appropriate health services.
Using funds from the Medicaid program to support low-income women who must make such trips is one of the measures being considered, according to a senior Biden administration official quoted by Reuters.
< p class="e-p">The new executive order from the president further directs HHS to intensify its research efforts to accurately measure the impact of declining access to reproductive health services on women's health, an official said. administration quoted by CNN.
The department will also have to ensure that health care providers comply with federal non-discrimination laws when offering abortion services.
The effectiveness of this new order remains uncertain. It's that under a long-standing statutory provision (the Hyde Amendment), the use of federal funds to fund abortion is prohibited except to save the woman's life or if the pregnancy result of incest or rape.
Last month, a bill guaranteeing the right of women to cross state lines for the purpose of obtaining an abortion was blocked by Republican members of the Senate.
More moderate Democratic senators for their part refused to lift a parliamentary standard requiring the support of 60 out of 100 senators to pass most laws. In doing so, they have dashed any hope of seeing a federal codification of abortion rights, as demanded by Joe Biden.
He will sign his new order on the occasion of the first meeting of a task force that was formed in July on access to reproductive health care.
This executive action comes on the heels of a surprising victory of the pro-choice movement in Kansas. Voters in the traditionally conservative state rejected a constitutional amendment that would have paved the way for a ban or stricter regulation of this procedure.
On Tuesday, the Justice Department filed a complaint against an Idaho state law that establishes an almost total ban on the right to abortion. This is the first federal prosecution of a law restricting abortion since the overturning of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court.
With information from CNN, and Reuters