Allies Say if Roe Is Overturned, Biden's Options on Abortion 'Extremely Limited'

From Washington Examinerposted 2 weeks ago

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Some of President Joe Biden’s staunchest supporters and allies are skeptical of his pledge to protect abortion rights should the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade.

Following Texas’s passage of a six-month abortion ban, Biden directed his Gender Policy Council to work in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services and White House counsel to map out executive actions he can take to ensure wide-scale abortion access. Three senior Democratic officials told the Washington Examiner that they don’t doubt the White House will continue fighting for women’s reproductive rights but expressed doubts about just how much legal authority the president actually has on the issue.

“His options are extremely limited,” one official explained. “The president has maintained since the campaign trail that his administration stands firmly behind a woman’s right to choose, but any action he might take will surely be challenged by Republicans in court.”

A second Democratic official suggested that the White House could reallocate HHS discretionary funds or leftover COVID-19 stimulus money to supplement an existing, grassroots advocacy network that seeks to help women who live in areas where abortions are already restricted receive medical care.

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