Washington D.C. – President Biden announced new guidelines on reproductive rights 100 days after the overturning of Roe v. Wade in the second meeting of the Task Force on Reproductive Healthcare Access. The task force members comprised of top OB-GYNs shared powerful statements on how the current abortion bans prevent them from providing the best care to their patients, the negative impact felt in the medical community in the form of burnout, and the harmful toll that this has taken on the lives of the most vulnerable populations in our country.
As the Biden Administration continues to create space for pregnant people, healthcare providers, and communities affected by the lack of reproductive care, they are also working to institute a policy that moves our nation closer to codifying a national law that protects abortion. Their new actions from this most recent convening include allocating $6 million in grants from the Department of Health and Human Services to expand abortion services and sending guidance from the Department of Education to universities reminding them of their duties to protect their students.
There is no reason why our nation’s medical doctors must choose between practicing safe, crucial reproductive rights and practicing in a state that they call home. There is no reason why a woman should fear for her life in pursuit of reproductive healthcare. There is no reason why people should not have a say over the body they govern. NOW thanks the Biden Administration for their efforts in codifying human rights and pushing for a national law protecting all reproductive healthcare.
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