President Biden intends to sign an executive order on Wednesday to help Americans cross state lines for abortions, the White House said. It would be his second order to preserve access to abortion after the Supreme Court invalid Roe v. Wade in June.
Both orders, however, lack specifics, instead directing the Department of Health and Human Services to determine how the policies would work. Last month, the president signed an order aimed at ensuring access to abortion drugs and emergency contraception.
Wednesday’s order directs department secretary Xavier Becerra to ‘consider actions to advance access’ to abortion, including through Medicaid, for those traveling out of state, the White House said in a press release. It also calls on Mr. Becerra to “consider all appropriate actions” to ensure health care providers comply with federal non-discrimination laws and promote maternal health research.
The order comes after Kansas voters on Tuesday massively rejected an amendment it would have erased abortion rights from his state’s constitution. Also on Tuesday, the Biden administration sued Idaho on his tough new law that the Justice Department says would prevent ER doctors from performing necessary abortions on women facing medical emergencies.