Politics 2022: President Biden Signs Executive Order to Try to Protect Abortion Access

President Signs Executive Order to Try to Protect Abortion Access

Condemning the “extreme” Supreme Court majority that ended a constitutional right to abortion, the president acknowledged the limitations facing his office, saying it would require act of Congress to restore nationwide access.

 

President Joe Biden on Friday condemned the “extreme” Supreme Court majority that ended a constitutional right to abortion and delivered an impassioned plea for Americans upset by the decision to “vote, vote, vote vote” in November.

Under mounting pressure from fellow Democrats to be more forceful in response to the ruling, he signed an executive order to try to protect access to the procedure.

The actions Biden outlined are intended to head off some potential penalties that women seeking abortion may face after the ruling, but his order cannot restore access to abortion in the more than a dozen states where strict limits or total bans have gone into effect. About a dozen more states are set to impose additional restrictions.