Biden says ‘extremist’ Republicans ‘don’t have a clue about the power of women’ after Kansas voted to keep abortion legal: Signs executive order to use Medicaid to pay for out-of-state terminations
- Biden attacked ‘extremist’ Republicans who don’t ‘have a clue about the power of women’
- Comments came as he signed an executive order making it easier for women seeking abortions to travel between states to obtain access to the procedure
- Democrats are hoping to rally the abortion issue can rally their voters to the polls this November
- ‘This fight is not over,’ Biden said pointing to as ‘we saw that last night in Kansas’
President Joe Biden on Wednesday attacked ‘extremist’ Republicans who don’t ‘have a clue about the power of women’ as he signed an executive order making it easier for women seeking abortions to travel between states to obtain access to the procedure.
He said he was signing the executive order to respond to the ‘healthcare crisis that has unfolded’ since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June.
And he blasted Republicans for trying to use the ruling to roll back abortion rights throughout the country.
‘Republicans in Congress in the extreme MAGA ideology are determined to go even further – talking about nationwide bans that would outlaw abortion in every state, in every circumstance – going after the broader right to privacy as well,’ Biden said.
Democrats are hoping to rally the abortion issue can rally their voters to the polls this November amid concerns Republicans will take control of Congress.
And Biden brought up Tuesday’s election in Kansas where voters in the red state rejected – by almost a 20-point margin – a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would have added language stating that it does not grant the right to abortion.
Abortion rights supporters saw the result as a major victory.
‘This fight is not over,’ Biden said pointing to as ‘we saw that last night in Kansas.’
He offered the reminder that ‘women are not without electoral or political power.’
And he said the Supreme Court ‘practically dared women in this country to go to the ballot box and restore the right to choose.’
President Biden attacked ‘extremist’ Republicans when he signed a new executive order making it easier for women seeking abortions to travel between states to obtain access to the procedure
Vice President Kamala Harris held up a map that showed the status of abortion laws in the United States
Polls show a majority of Americans support abortion rights. A recent Pew poll found that 61% of U.S. adults said abortion should be legal in all or most cases.
‘I believe Roe got it right,’ Biden said.
Biden signed the order – his second aimed at protecting abortion rights – from the White House residence, where he continues to isolate with a rebound case of COVID-19.
He participated virtually in a meeting led by Vice President Kamala Harris and signed the order from his private office on the second floor of the White House.
‘I wish I was with you in person, quite frankly,’ the president said. ‘But I’m getting there.’
Specifically, one of the directives Biden will issue in Wednesday’s order will allow states that have not outlawed abortion to apply for specific Medicaid waivers that would, in effect, help them treat women who have traveled from out of state.
The order will also call on health care providers to comply with federal nondiscrimination laws and streamline the collection of key data and information on maternal health at the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
But its impact is expected to be limited in what it can do against the wave of anti-abortion laws being enacted in states.
Biden is also pushing Congress to codify through federal law a woman’s right to an abortion.
His new order, however, falls short of what many Democratic lawmakers and abortion advocacy groups have asked: for Biden to declare a public health emergency on abortion.
White House officials argue that doing so will do little to free up federal resources or activate new legal authorities.
Abortion-rights supporters react as early polls showed that voters rejected a Kansas constitutional amendment that would have declared there is no right to abortion
Last month, Biden signed an executive order intended to ensure access to abortion medication and emergency contraception.
Separately, on Tuesday, the Justice Department sued Idaho over its statute that criminalizes abortions, with Attorney General Merrick Garland arguing that it violates federal law.