EMILYs List Statement on the Biden-Harris Administration’s EO to Protect Abortion Access
For Immediate Release
July 8, 2022
EMILY's List Statement on the Biden-Harris Administration’s Executive Order to Protect Abortion Access
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Biden signed an executive order to protect abortion access following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and end the constitutional right to abortion. The executive order focuses on protecting access to medication abortion and contraception, increasing public education efforts, protecting privacy and data, and expanding legal options available to those seeking and providing abortion care. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement in response to this executive order:
“As essential health care is being ripped away from tens of millions, I am grateful for these important steps by the Biden-Harris administration to help protect access to abortion care across the country. While these actions are critical, executive orders from the president will not restore our constitutional rights. This November, voters all over the country will have the chance to make their voices heard and to make sure that anyone taking away their freedoms will be replaced with Democratic pro-choice women who are committed to protecting our reproductive freedom.
“Make no mistake, abortion is on the ballot for the 2022 midterms, and who we elect up and down the ballot matters. We’ve seen what happens when Republicans are in power: they criminalize doctors and punish people who get an abortion. On the other hand, EMILYs List-endorsed candidates stand with the majority of Americans and are fighting to protect abortion access, including Democratic attorney general candidates who have pledged not to enforce abortion bans, and Maine Gov. Janet Mills, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer who have issued executive orders and directives to protect abortion rights in their states. As the president of an organization that helps elect Democratic pro-choice women, this cycle I’m focused on creating a real pro-choice majority in Congress and building power in the states with elected officials who will fight for freedom and our fundamental rights.”
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