Biden may declare public health emergency to secure abortion rights as Dobbs decision looms

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President Joe Biden and his administration is reportedly weighing the option of taking executive action regarding abortion if a Supreme Court decision regarding a Mississippi abortion clinic ultimately ends up overturning Roe v Wade in the coming weeks.

One option he is considering is the declaration of a public health emergency, according to the New York Times. Biden’s aides are weighing this decision, and whether he would be able to pull it off legally.

Additional options being considered, officials said, include preparing the Justice Department to fight attempts made by individual states to criminalize travel for the purpose of getting an abortion, and declaring that regulations put forth by the Food and Drug Administration regarding abortion medications pre-empt state bans.

Speaking with late night show host Jimmy Kimmel last week, Biden said “There’s some executive orders I could employ, we believe. We’re looking at that right now.”

Notably, Biden issued a whopping 77 executive orders in his first year, many of which occurred during his first day in office. In his second year so far, he has signed 14 orders. For comparison, former Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama issued 55 and 38 orders in their first years, respectively.

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