President Biden intends to sign an executive order Wednesday aimed at helping Americans cross state lines for abortions, the White House said. It would be his second order aimed at maintaining access to abortion after the Supreme Court ruled Roe v. Wade in June.
However, both orders offer few details, instead directing the Department of Health and Human Services to clarify how the guidelines would work. Last month, the President signed an executive order to ensure access to abortion drugs and emergency contraception.
Wednesday’s order called on department secretary Xavier Becerra to “consider action to advance access to abortion, including through Medicaid, for those traveling abroad,” the White House said in a statement press release. It also called on Mr Becerra to “consider all appropriate measures” to ensure healthcare providers comply with federal non-discrimination laws and to encourage research into maternal health.
The order comes after Kansas voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected an amendment that would have removed abortion rights from the state constitution. Also on Tuesday, the Biden government sued Idaho over its harsh new law, which the Justice Department said would prevent emergency room doctors from performing abortions needed for women in medical emergencies.