On Monday, the White House issued two statements commemorating what would have been the 51st anniversary of Roe V. Wade, a case which defined abortion as a constitutional right, had it not been overturned by the Supreme Court in 2022.
“A year and a half ago, the Court made the extreme decision to overturn Roe and take away a constitutional right. As a result, tens of millions of women now live in states with extreme and dangerous abortion bans,” said President Joe Biden
In the first statement, President Biden accused Republicans of endangering women with anti-abortion laws which have been passed since Roe V. Wade was overturned.
He claimed that, due to some anti-abortion laws, women have been turned away from emergency rooms in life-threatening situations.
Biden committed to continuing to push policies which oppose or undermine any restrictions put on abortion by Republicans.
Biden claimed that the vast majority of Americans support his pro-abortion policies.
In the second statement, the White House issued a fact-sheet about all the specific measures that the Biden administration has taken in support of abortion and “reproductive rights.”
The fact-sheet highlighted Biden’s plan to further the requirements of private and public insurance companies to provide for contraceptives.
The statement emphasized an obligation for the taxpayer funded Medicare, and even the Children’s Health Insurance Programs to provide for contraceptives.
The White House also touted its efforts to increase access to “medication abortions” via the drug mifepristone, which can, following Biden’s efforts, be sold at commercial pharmacies.
Biden has also removed restrictions on the drug being sent via the mail, or prescribed over online “telehealth” doctor’s appointments.
Biden called on Congress to restore the protections of Roe by passing new federal legislation.
The White House’s statements come as Maine’s Gov. Janet Mills (D-Maine) issued her own statement commemorating the anniversary by expressing support for a bill, LD 780, which would enshrine a right to abortion in the state’s constitution.
Gov. Mills has previously called the overturning of Roe a “fundamental assault on women’s rights.”
If LD 780 passes through Maine’s legislature with a 2/3 majority, it will be included on the ballot at the state’s next election, and will be decided upon by voters.