WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed an executive order aimed in part at making it easier for women seeking abortions to travel between states to obtain access to the procedure.

More specifically, one of the directives Biden will issue 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. The details were described by senior administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the executive order ahead of a formal announcement.

Biden described as a “health care crisis” the Supreme Court's decision overturning the landmark 1973 ruling Roe vs. Wade, and “every part of the federal government does its part at this critical moment where women's health and lives are on line.”

The order came one day after Kansas voters protected the right to abortion in the conservative state, an outcome that Biden celebrated.

Biden signed the order 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.

“I wish I was with you in person, quite frankly,” Biden said. “But I'm getting there.”

The new order nonetheless falls short of what many Democratic lawmakers and abortion advocacy groups have demanded of the Biden administration. One chief ask has been for Biden to declare a public health emergency on abortion, which White House officials have said would do little to free up federal resources or activate new legal authorities.

Wednesday’s order is the latest in a series of executive actions from the Biden administration since the constitutional right to an abortion was eliminated in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization in June.

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.

Near the end of Biden's remarks, he once again called on Congress to codify Roe vs. Wade into law.

“If Congress fails to act, the people of this country need to elect senators and representatives who will restore Roe and protect the right to privacy, freedom and equality.”

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MD1756

I don't think an EO is needed. States do not have the jurisdiction to regulate interstate affairs only intrastate affairs.

shiftless88

It is insane that this needs to even be considered. What right does a state have to say that you cannot go to another state and do what is legal in that state? Think of states saying that you cannot go to Vegas to gamble? That you cannot go to Mexico to get non-USDA approved cancer treatments? That you cannot go to a state where weed is legal and smoke it there? This is total BS that states are seeking to control such a thing.

threecents

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DickD

Why do Republicans think they must control a woman's body? And women can do from this as sometimes it it the woman's life or the abortion. The Catholic Church and the Evangelicals prefer the woman to die. I don't! The right to an abortion should be between a woman and God, let God be the judge!

Tanstaafl

The right to travel is serious! If these anti-peopñe get their way, no woman can cross state lines until she pees first! Really...

Awteam2021

See Medicaid Waiver - Section 1115 demonstrations and waiver authorities in section 1915 of the Social Security Act are vehicles states can use to address abortions.

joelp77440

I fairly certain that the E.O. would not stand up to a legal challenge on the state level. It's more for show than having weight.

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olefool

Either way CD, Walkaway or EO, he is a bigger man that you ever were or will be judging by your writings here. Pitiful you can't see that.

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sevenstones1000

CD so mad he can’t even post anything but a howl of rage. Poor CD.

Awteam2021

Kansas rocks! The huge turnout in such a red state implies voters nationwide will reject similar initiatives to roll back abortion rights. The idea that a government decides what a women can do with her body is draconian and repulsive. “Talibanist.” Republicans are worried that this may have a big impact on November elections.

pdl603

Mother Theresa once said “We must not be surprised when we hear of murders, of killings, of wars, of hatred. If a mother can kill her own child, what is left, but for us to kill each other” and, “a nation that kills its children in the womb has lost its soul”.

sevenstones1000

Mother Theresa was not pregnant.

pdl603

Tell me where Mother Teresa is wrong. Based on what is happening in major cities in this country, do we as a country have a collective soul anymore? I think not. Hedonism is the rot that permeates this country brought on by those who think anything goes.

phydeaux994

That’s what every generation says. Actually the crime rate is down considerably since the 90’s. If you believe the Country is rotten you have options. It’s the Republibans that have gone off the rails with their anti-everything good agenda.

shiftless88

piddle; I cannot believe you don't realize this is a "get off my lawn" old person comment. "What's the matter with kids today?" was a song from more than 40 years ago. It has always been that people think the new generation is worse than they were.

threecents

Pdl, Absolutely, Mother Teresa and you are wrong. I hope that helps you feel better about the USA.

olefool

Mother Teresa died September 5, 1997, catch up piddle.

Greg F

Mother Theresa did not deserve her legacy https://allthatsinteresting.com/mother-teresa-saint

pdl603

Sure she didn’t, Professor Fed-Up. I suspect you see the world through a much different lens. Fortunately for humanity there are more like here than like you.

Awteam2021

What did Mother Teresa say about government controlling women’s reproductive systems?

Dwasserba

A humbling thing she would not have objected to was dying the same week as Princess Diana and not getting near the same level of coverage. Saints aren’t perfect. You don’t even ever have had to be in a pew. Even you could aspire.

Fredginrickey

Peedo, Big talk from a woman with an unused uterus.

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phydeaux994

Do you feel better now Mr. Reid? It’s really wonderful you have the FNP Opinion Forum to release all of that pent up hate and anger. The more of that cannabis you partake of the worse your hate and anger will increase. That’s what the Doctors are saying. Addiction is a terrible thing.

Panhead

We answer to God for our behavior. Don't look to governments to tell us what is right and what is wrong.

phydeaux994

But Donald John Trump was Government. He still tells you what is right and what is wrong. And you believe it.😂🤣

Greg F

Which god? Mephisopheles? Rah? Odin? Zues? Apollo? One of the other of the millions of active gods, or one that's been disposed of because people finally grew tired of the BS about them...just like yours will be eventually. I don't answer to any god, and if there were a god, that god would need to get down and grovel for forgiveness for the atrocities it has committed against humanity. That god is not worthy of wiping my derriere.

Dwasserba

No miracles in your life at all. 😢 It’s a different mindset.

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Fredginrickey

Verrater Reid, butthurt because Joe’s on a winning streak.

Veterans health bill passed even though the traitor Republican Senators attempted to scuffle it,

Kansas votes pro choice,

Al Quaeda number 2 wiped out,

Alex Jones busted for lying, his cellphone messages turned over to the 1/6 committee.

Bad week for TrumpTraitorTrash.

Pro-Choice/Privileged W. Woman

Kansas rocks, so hard!

public-redux

The voters there rallied around freedom from big government. At least some conservatives remember their traditional small town values.

jsklinelga

Purely political. Congress has already ruled that Medicaid cannot be used for abortion except in cases of rape or if the mother's life is endangered. If congress would fail to support the Hyde Amendment or support Biden's attempt to use taxpayer money to fund abortion the ensuing uproar might be more vocal than the opposition to overturning Roe.

The talk of assisting travel for abortion is also political hype How could any state ban travel to an adjoining state for an item of commerce. Or how could taxpayer money be used to assist the travel.

But what is critical to understand is that congress could codify laws legalizing abortion just as the next congress could invalidate those laws. The only way abortion could be a constitutional right is via amendment. At present, as the facts clearly demonstrate, is that abortion is not a constitutional right.

sevenstones1000

The facts of the last 50 years says that it is.

The forced birthers will stop at nothing to harass and endanger women. How is it possible to sue someone who has no relation to you for $10,000? And yet, it’s the law in Texas. Suing women for traveling to procure an abortion is just the next step.

Fredginrickey

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phydeaux994

Why do you Hate women jsk? Why do you blame them for unwanted pregnancy but not men? Why do you want to take away their Right to choose what is best for themselves like you can? Why do you want to punish them? I know why but I’d like to hear it from you.

threecents

That is what he was taught at midnight mass.

DickD

Nelga is not Catholic!

threecents

Maybe that is why he went at midnight

pdl603

Med check Play Doh, time to take your pills. Where in JSK’s opinion does he say anything about hating women? Obliviously, you got a screw loose or you are down a couple of quarts in the crank case.

olefool

Once again piddle you display your mental acuity for all to judge. Not a good idea on your part, given your juvenile attempts to seem relevant.

Greg F

Hey piddle...election stolen or not? Waiting on an answer...we know we won't get it, given the substance-less comments you make then run away.

Awteam2021

Where does the constitution say you can’t have an abortion? Where does the constitution talk about women’s bodies, reproductive systems. Not only are women not mentioned in the original Constitution, there is no provision anywhere that applies to women as a distinct group not until 1920 the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote.

There was no prohibition at the origin of the Constitution. If anything, abortions were a common practice when it was written. The practice was carried out by midwives, Even Ben Franklin offered instruction on how to carryout an abortion.

https://www.npr.org/2022/05/18/1099542962/abortion-ben-franklin-roe-wade-supreme-court-leak

DickD

Nelga, the Constitution also does not say that men have the right to control a woman's body. So, what gives you that right?

MD1756

The pro lifers are not trying to control the woman's body, but the baby/fetus' body. There is a difference since an abortion is intended to kill the fetus/baby without harming the woman. The fetus/baby has different DNA than the mother. That said, I am pro-abortion.

public-redux

I’m not pro-abortion. The very idea that the govt could compel someone to have an abortion against her wishes is repulsive.

threecents

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