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White House launches pro-abortion message in attempt to salvage Biden re-election bid

By Stew Davidson
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January 23, 2024

The Biden administration is embarking on an extensive campaign, both in terms of public relations and policy, focusing on abortion access, as the White House considers reproductive rights to be pivotal in securing victory in the 2024 presidential race.

On Monday, the White House unveiled executive measures aimed at enhancing access to emergency abortions and contraception nationwide, even in states with stringent restrictions, as the Daily Mail reported.

These actions follow the release of a new advertisement on Sunday featuring a Texas doctor who, due to restrictive laws in her jurisdiction, had to travel out of state to terminate her pregnancy, which was wanted but nonviable.

Vice President's National Tour

Vice President Kamala Harris has embarked on a "reproductive freedoms tour" across the United States.

This tour, beginning in Wisconsin, involves visits to over a dozen states and highlights the experiences of women impacted by restrictive abortion laws.

President Biden's Remarks and Plans

President Biden has expressed strong opinions on the current state of abortion laws, especially in states like Texas.

He stated, "The cruelty is astounding... In states like Texas, doctors can get a life sentence for providing the care they were trained to provide...it's simply outrageous. And frankly, this is just the beginning."

The administration plans to initiate educational campaigns about the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), ensuring that medical professionals and patients are aware of the laws surrounding emergency abortion access.

Additionally, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is set to reinforce the obligation of insurers and state health officials to cover the costs of FDA-approved abortion medication under Obamacare.

Challenges and Responses

The reversal of Roe v. Wade in June 2022 led the White House to instruct hospitals and doctors to provide abortions in medical emergencies, regardless of state law.

However, there has been uncertainty and hesitance among medical professionals about what constitutes a medical emergency, leading to potential legal risks.

The White House plans to address these concerns by educating healthcare providers and establishing a team of experts to support compliance with federal requirements.

Legal Entanglements

The interpretation of EMTALA is currently under scrutiny in the U.S. Supreme Court, with a decision expected by June.

This comes amidst a backdrop of Vice President Harris' campaign to oppose Republican abortion legislation and the Biden administration's roundtable discussions with its reproductive health task force.

Public Opinion and Political Landscape

Despite the polarizing nature of the abortion debate, public opinion surveys indicate a general trust in Democrats over Republicans on abortion rights issues.

According to a November poll conducted by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, 58% of all voters, regardless of their party affiliation, place more trust in Democrats when it comes to abortion rights issues, while 41% of all voters express greater trust in Republicans.

Additionally, a Gallup poll conducted last summer, just days after the one-year anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, revealed that 61% of respondents viewed overturning the law as a "bad thing," while 38% considered it a "good thing."