It is expected to have limited impact as Republicans in US states push a wave of laws restricting abortion, access to drugs and funding for these services.
“Last night in Kansas they found out”
The vote was a resounding victory for the abortion rights movement in the first national electoral test since the Supreme Court ruling.
President Joe Biden, left, and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough virtually attend the first meeting of the Interagency Task Force on Access to Reproductive Health Care in Washington on Wednesday, August 3, 2022. Source: AAP / PA
“I don’t think the court has any idea for that matter or the Republican Party for that matter… how women are going to react. They have no idea of the power of American women,” Mr Biden said.
“This fight is not over and we saw it last night in Kansas,” Biden said.
The Supreme Court “virtually challenged the women of this country to go to the polls and restore the right to choose,” which it had just taken away, Biden said.
Impact of the Roe vs. Wade decision
Last month, Biden said the Supreme Court, which is weighted 6-3 with conservative justices, was ‘out of control’ after deciding in June to overturn Roe v Wade, ending a half-century of protection. women’s reproductive rights.
It calls on Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to consider inviting states to request Medicaid waivers when treating patients who cross state lines for reproductive health services, said the manager, without giving further details.
What does the order involve?
The Hyde Amendment, a congressional measure, states that Medicaid will not pay for an abortion unless the woman’s life is in danger or the pregnancy results from rape or incest, making the effectiveness of prescription uncertain.
Senate Democrats have rejected Mr Biden’s call to lift the chamber’s ‘filibuster’ rule requiring 60 of 100 senators to agree on most laws to allow them to pass legislation establishing a national right to abortion.
Kansas abortion vote upends U.S. midterm outlook
The surprise vote in Kansas with a strong Republican majority to reject a push to ban abortion sent shock waves through the American political landscape ahead of November’s midterm elections, Democrats under Mr. Biden now seeing a glimmer of hope that they could avoid their planned beating.
The state is a Republican stronghold, but in Tuesday’s referendum, an attempt to remove the right to abortion from the Kansas constitution was defeated by 59 to 41 percent, with an unusually high turnout.
Given that this was the first time Americans had had a chance to vote on the issue since the conservative-dominated Supreme Court decided to overturn the half-century-old Roe v Wade decision enshrining abortion rights, Democrats celebrate the result — and say a major backlash is just beginning.
The organization’s president, Alexis McGill Johnson, also called on voters to keep the momentum going midterm.
“We have an opportunity to protect abortion access at the polls in November. We know Kansas won’t be our last fight or our last win.”
November’s midterm elections, which will decide which party controls Congress for the final two years of Mr. Biden’s first term, promise to be tough for Democrats who still control the legislature by just a few votes.
Donald Trump is pushing hard-right candidates to bolster his brand and perhaps set the stage for his own bid to return to the White House in 2024.