Joe Biden is still undoing Trump’s legacy. Next step: repeal the global anti-abortion “gag rule”
A lot of Joe Biden’s time in power so far was spent doing everything he could – as quickly as possible – to undo some of the worst parts of former President Donald Trump’s legacy. Of repeal the transgender military ban to form a working group to work on reunite children of separated immigrants with their families, major progress has already been made towards this goal. The next Trump-era policy the new administration has targeted against is one of the former president’s toughest anti-abortion measures.
Thursday, Biden signed an executive order repealing the policy known as the “global gag rule”. Essentially, it made it illegal for international healthcare organizations that receive supportive funding from the United States government. or even talk about Abortion. That’s right – the federal government provided funds to organizations that provide reproductive health care, but prohibited them even from mentioning abortions to their patients. The real effect of this law is that organizations that provide comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortions or even simply discussing the option with their patients, have not been able to access federal funds that would have helped them. make health care more accessible to more women.
“The best way to describe [the executive orders] is to undo the damage done by Trump, ”Biden said as he signed the repeal of the gag rule on Thursday. “The memorandum reverses my predecessor’s attack on women’s health access, as we continue to fight COVID-19, it is even more essential that Americans have meaningful access to health care.
Along with this order, the Biden administration announced that it plans to “take immediate action to consider whether to reverse” another Trump-era anti-abortion policy: the “house gag rule.” that prevents US organizations that receive Title X family planning funding from referring or talking to their abortion patients. This policy specifically targeted family planning.
“For President Biden, it’s personal,” white house statement mentionned. “He believes every American has a right to the peace of mind that comes from knowing they have access to affordable, quality health care.”
The Biden administration also released a statement recently pledging to make Roe v. Wade national law, meaning that even if the Supreme Court, which now has three Trump-appointed Tory justices, overturned the ruling, a federal law would mean abortion was still legal in all the countries. “The Biden-Harris administration is committed to codifying Roe vs. Wade and appoint judges who respect fundamental precedent like Roe, ”part of the statement read.
Former President Trump was deeply committed to restricting access to comprehensive reproductive health care during his tenure, which has encouraged state legislatures to introduce – and sometimes pass – laws that drastically blocked women’s access. . Experts say these actions by President Biden – especially so early in his tenure – likely show his determination to completely undo that part of Trump’s legacy.