The department will “work with the attorney general and the Justice Department as they work to ensure that states do not ban medical abortion,” he told reporters, echoing Attorney General Merrick Garland’s statement on Friday.
But Becerra’s announcement on Tuesday may not be enough to stem mounting criticism from abortion advocates and progressives who say the Biden administration has done little to prepare for the fall. Caviar even after the POLITICO report on the draft conclusion in May. Democratic congressmen public pressure on the president for more aggressive tactics to protect the right to abortion.
Since the Supreme Court decision allowed states to regulate abortion, 11 states have banned or significantly restricted the procedure. Eight more people may follow soon.
Many laws prohibit abortion except when the life of the pregnant woman is in danger, which abortion advocates argue can be difficult and takes time to prove. This can endanger the parent’s life even more. Others ban abortion after six weeks.
Abortion supporters urge Biden administration provide access to abortion pills and ensure that personal health information is protected as people from states that have criminalized the procedure seek abortions.
President Joe Biden on Friday said he had instructed Becerra to “take steps to ensure that these life-saving drugs are as accessible as possible.”
However, legal experts and abortion rights advocates say there are many other ways to restrict access to the pill, including mail and pharmacy restrictions or criminalization of possession. The mifepristone tablet is also only approved by the FDA up to 10 weeks of gestation.
It’s also unclear how the Biden administration will expand access to the pill. Asked at a press conference if HHS would instruct the FDA to expedite the certification of pharmacies dispensing mifepristone, Becerra said he was working with the FDA “to make sure they have every opportunity to continue to provide Americans with access to safe and effective treatments.”
Lawrence Gostin, a Georgetown University law professor who specializes in public health, urged the FDA to make it clear that its scientific review of the abortion drug is superior to any state action to restrict its use, “and that states cannot choose which FDA-approved drugs will or won’t allow.” will be allowed.”
But Becerra did not specify on Tuesday what action the agency might take.
“Patients should have access to drugs that are safe and effective for their FDA-approved use,” the FDA said in an emailed statement Friday, not associated with any specific agency official. “In this area, as in all others that the FDA regulates, the best available scientific evidence will continue to guide the Agency’s decision making.”
MPs complain about lack of urgency
Meanwhile, some progressive Democrats in Congress do not appear to be swayed by new rounds of fundraising efforts initiated by the Supreme Court decision, from the Democratic National Committee and party leadership, including the speaker of the House of Representatives. Nancy Pelosi.
“If you are a deputy who, between the leak [and] ordinances spent more energy on a fundraising plan than on a political response, I strongly recommend rethinking your priorities, ”said a New York spokesman. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Our job now is to protect people. This will encourage voting more than intimidation.”
More than half of voters consider the decision of the Supreme Court “a step back”. CBS news poll this weekend, and that seems to motivate abortion rights advocates to vote. Fifty percent of Democrats said they were more likely to vote in November, compared with 40 percent in May.
Biden and party leaders have repeatedly called attention to the midterm elections as a test of the protection of abortion rights.
“This autumn, Caviar is in the newsletter. Personal freedoms are included in the newsletter. The right to privacy, liberty, equality are all on the ballot,” the president said Friday, emphasizing that Congress, not the White House, has the power to restore abortion protection. “No executive action … can do that.”
Becerra and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh met with major insurers on Monday to get promises that they will cover several forms of contraception at no cost to patients, a requirement under the Affordable Care Act but unevenly respected.