Headline RoundupJuly 8th, 2022

Biden Signs Executive Order on Abortion Access

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President Joe Biden just took executive action on abortion access.

Biden signed the executive order Friday in the White House's Roosevelt Room. The order attempts to protect patient privacy, access to medication abortion and contraception. It also aims to launch public education efforts around abortion and improve the available legal options for people seeking and providing abortions. Biden again called for a federal law codifying Roe vs. Wade, criticized the Supreme Court's reversal of it, and said that "the practice of medicine should not be frozen in the 19th century." He did not take questions following the remarks. 

The order directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to take action to expand contraception access, and to submit a report within 30 days on the steps it's taken. The president will also establish a reproductive health care access task force, which will include Attorney General Merrick Garland.

The news was a top story from sources across the political spectrum Friday, especially from left- and center-rated sources. Many reports highlighted the pressure Biden faces from Democrats to act on abortion. 

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