Biden to sign executive order to protect abortion access for millions in US – live

Good morning! It’s Gloria from the New York office. Here’s what is happening today:

Joe Biden is signing an executive order to protect abortion access for millions, two weeks after the US supreme court overturned Roe v Wade, a landmark ruling that ensured federal abortion protections for the past 50 years.

Abortion rights protesters participate in nationwide demonstrations, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Abortion rights protesters participate in nationwide demonstrations, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Photograph: Alyssa Pointer/Reuters

According to a fact sheet, the executive order will protect access to several reproductive healthcare services, including abortion and contraception.

The order also safeguards access to medication abortions, also known as abortion pills, approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The executive order comes as many have been critical of the Biden administration for failing to do more to protect abortion rights, including codifying abortion access amid ongoing attacks on reproductive rights nationwide.

Biden is expected to speak on the executive order and abortion rights generally at 11:30am eastern time.

Biden’s executive order comes at a time when frustration is mounting against his administration for not doing enough to protect federal abortion rights.

Progressive politicians and abortion rights advocates have been public about their disappointment with the Biden administration, asking Biden and other Democrats to do more to protect reproductive rights following the overturning of Roe v Wade two weeks ago.

US House representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat of New York, urged Democrats to push back harder against the rollback of abortion protections, tweeting last week: “Use the bully pulpit. We need more.”

Now we’re talking! Time for people to see a real, forceful push for it. Use the bully pulpit. We need more. https://t.co/dZ1qhdu8iM

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 30, 2022

A group of more than 20 Black Democratic congresswomen signed a letter last week, urging Biden to declare a public health emergency following the rollback of Roe v Wade.

“In this unprecedented moment, we must act urgently as if lives depend on it because they do,” the legislators wrote.

Good morning! It’s Gloria from the New York office. Here’s what is happening today:

Joe Biden is signing an executive order to protect abortion access for millions, two weeks after the US supreme court overturned Roe v Wade, a landmark ruling that ensured federal abortion protections for the past 50 years.

Abortion rights protesters participate in nationwide demonstrations, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Abortion rights protesters participate in nationwide demonstrations, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Photograph: Alyssa Pointer/Reuters

According to a fact sheet, the executive order will protect access to several reproductive healthcare services, including abortion and contraception.

The order also safeguards access to medication abortions, also known as abortion pills, approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The executive order comes as many have been critical of the Biden administration for failing to do more to protect abortion rights, including codifying abortion access amid ongoing attacks on reproductive rights nationwide.

Biden is expected to speak on the executive order and abortion rights generally at 11:30am eastern time.

source: theguardian.com