President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday will mark 100 days since Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court with the second meeting of the administration’s Task Force on Reproductive Health Care Access.
The President and vice president are set to announce two additional steps toward boosting abortion protections at the meeting, which is scheduled for 3:30 pm ET. White House Gender Policy Council director Jen Klein said in a 100-day report obtained by News84Media that the moves build on existing efforts toward protecting reproductive health care at the federal level, including executive actions announced over the summer.
The Department of Education is releasing guidance for universities reiterating the Title IX requirement that institutions protect students from discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, including pregnancy termination, Klein said.
And the Department of Health and Human Services is announcing more than $6 million in Title X grants to “protect and expand access to reproductive health care and improve service delivery, promote the adoption of healthy behaviors, and reduce existing health disparities.”
The moves from the administration are the latest reaction from Biden to the ruling.
In August, Biden signed an executive order that will help women travel out of state to receive abortions, ensure health care providers comply with federal law so women aren’t delayed in getting care and advances research and data collection on the matter. And in July, he signed another executive order that he said would safeguard access to abortion care and contraceptives, protect patient privacy and establish a task force on reproductive health care access with members from multiple departments across the government. The White House has also kept up a public pressure campaign, reacting to state efforts to restrict abortion access.
Klein renewed calls for Congress to pass legislation to codify the protections established in Roe as she lambasted “extreme steps” from Republican elected officials at the state and national level, pointing to proposed abortion ban legislation from Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and other moves at the state level, including abortion bans in effect in more than a dozen states affecting nearly 30 million women of reproductive age.
“The result is that in 100 days, millions of women cannot access critical health care and doctors and nurses are facing criminal penalties for providing health care,” Klein warned.
Biden and Harris will be joined at Tuesday’s meeting by Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough, Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young and Office of Science and Technology Policy Dr. Arati Prabhakar.