President Biden Mobilizes Federal Resources to Support Abortion Access for All

On Friday, President Joseph Biden issued an executive order to protect reproductive rights after the Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to abortion in the Dobbs decision.

Biden’s executive order first directs HHS to take actions to protect and expand access to abortion medications regulated by the FDA. It also aims to ensure the reproductive health of people accessing care in federally-funded facilities. The order directs HHS to ensure enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s guarantee of free birth control and contraceptive counseling for individuals and covered dependents, including emergency contraception and long-acting reversible contraception like IUDs.

What the Christian Right Gets Wrong About Birth Control

A section of the religious right claims that the use of contraception equates to abortion, as they believe contraceptive prevent the implantation of a fertilized embryo in the uterus. While scientists agree that this belief is misinformation and does not align with medical definitions of abortion, they also argue that contraceptive devices actually prevent fertilization, thus leading to less embryo abortions then would occur naturally.

This information needs to be made clear to these religious conservatives who are currently gaining ground in the statehouses and courts, working to limit access to abortion and contraception.

Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act—a Major Win for Women: “The ACA Is Here to Stay”

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), which since its 2010 passage has granted health coverage to more than 31 million Americans, has survived another day in court. In Thursday’s 7–2 decision from the Supreme Court, the justices ruled that Texas and other objecting Republican-led states had no legal standing to bring the challenge to court.

Anti-Abortion Extremist Jeff White Sentenced to Prison and $27 Million in Restitution

Anti-abortion extremist Jeff White, who pleaded guilty in 2018 to defrauding health insurance companies through state Affordable Care Act exchanges and a multimillion-dollar kickback scheme involving drug rehabilitation centers, was finally sentenced in February to three years in prison and three years of supervised release.

The Whites sent more than 300 people to rehabilitation facilities that offered them kickbacks for every patient admitted, typically in the thousands of dollars.

Protecting the ACA is Only a Starting Point for Women’s Health Care

On Thursday, President Biden signed an executive order to reopen enrollment on the Affordable Care Act’s HealthCare.gov, the federal health insurance marketplace, from February 15 to May 15.

But while this is a welcome first step to help uninsured Americans get coverage, now is the time to make progress and go further in women’s access to health care—not just to hold on to the last decade’s achievements.