Biden Administration Considers Declaring a Public Health Emergency on Abortion
How is killing unborn babies considered public health emergency Joe?
Just when you thought evil couldn’t get any worse.
HNewsWire: Because of the absence of abortion access in some states, the Biden administration is considering declaring a health emergency.
On Jan. 30, Health and Human Services (HSS) Secretary Xavier Becerra told Axios that there have been "discussions" about how to effectively protect abortion rights, including the potential of declaring an emergency.
"There are specific conditions that must be met in order to declare a public health emergency." "That's normally done by scientists and professionals in those sectors who will inform us whether we're in a state of emergency, and based on that, I have the authority to declare," Becerra explained.
Becerra stated that a "full assessment" of what such a declaration would look like and if it is warranted has yet to be completed, but his department is presently investigating the idea. "We are continually considering more actions we can take to safeguard and enhance access to reproductive health care, including abortion care," an HHS official told Axios.
Wade versus Roe
When it repealed Roe v. Wade in the summer of 2022 in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, the Supreme Court abolished federal protections for abortion access. Since then, individual states have decided what abortion access should be made available, and the Biden administration has campaigned for expanded access in areas where limitations have been imposed.
Biden signed an executive order in July 2022 directing Becerra to "take extra steps to protect and extend access to abortion care, including access to medication that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognized as safe and effective more than two decades ago."
Pro-life and pro-abortion rights demonstrators demonstrate in front of the United States Supreme Court on January 20, 2023, during the 50th annual March for Life.
Shortly after the directive was issued, more than 80 House Democrats wrote to Biden and Becerra, requesting that they declare an emergency or move to limit the restrictions in some states. This happened after the president stated at the time that declaring an emergency was not a "wonderful option."
According to the Wall Street Journal, the government has moved to lower regulatory criteria, allowing abortion drugs that were previously exclusively available through a few mail-order pharmacies to be marketed in traditional pharmacies. A group of over 80 congressmen wrote to the FDA Commissioner, expressing their "deep disagreement" to the revised distribution standards for the chemical abortion medicine.
Following that change, the Alliance Defending Freedom filed a 113-page lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Amarillo on November 18, 2022, on behalf of the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine and a number of other organizations and individuals, alleging that the FDA failed to properly approve mifepristone for the purpose of terminating pregnancies.
According to The Epoch Times, the lawsuit seeks a preliminary injunction preventing the prescription of "mifepristone and misoprostol as FDA-approved chemical abortion medications" until the legal challenge is addressed, which might happen this spring.
This ruling caused the attorneys general of 22 states to ask the FDA to rescind a rule modification that allowed for remote prescribing of abortion-inducing drugs through mail. The attorneys general slammed the FDA in a letter dated Jan. 13, stating the agency's move to "abandon sensible constraints on remotely prescribing and administering abortion-inducing medicines is both illegal and harmful."
HHS did not reply promptly to an HNewsWire request for comment.