UPDATED 3:36 PM PT – Wednesday October 5th, 2022
Joe Biden has warned members of his task force on abortion access to beware of Republicans ‘extreme’ policies on the procedure.
A Reproductive Rights Task Force meeting was held on Tuesday, roughly 100 days since the overturning of the Roe v. Wade. There, Biden warned blue state residents that they should be worried if Republicans win in this year’s midterm elections.
“Congressional Republicans are doubling down on extreme position with the proposal for a national ban,” Biden warned. “Let me be clear about what that means. That means that even if you live in a state where extremist Republicans officials aren’t running the show. Your right to choose will still be at risk. Because Republicans in Congress want to pass a law that removes the right to choose for every woman, state and county.”
However, Biden did not mention that several Republican officials have said the issue of abortion should be decided on a state-by-state basis.
The President then went on to claim that extremist laws are already popping up across some Republican states.
“You know, it’s a really scary part that they’re already succeeding in some states,” he said. “When the job decision came down, I said, and Justice Thomas warned us very plainly, that this wouldn’t stop with a women’s right to choose. It would extend the right to privacy itself in things like contraception and so, with no surprise, that we’re seeing extremist laws pop up around the country that is having a ripple effect far beyond the health rights of a pregnant woman.”
During the meeting, Biden did not acknowledge Senator Lindsey Graham’s (R-S.C.) proposal of banning abortions after 15 weeks of a woman being pregnant. He also neglected to mention that Graham and other Republican officials support abortion exceptions in cases of rape, incest or for when the life of the mother is at risk.
The President also touched on the fact that he believes colleges in conservative states should not deter students from what he considers basic health care. He aims to take steps to “protect college students and school employees in Idaho or other states where their access to contraception is at risk.”
In turn, the Department of Health and Human Services plans to provide $6 million in funding to promote its so-called family planning services.
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