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BIDEN ADMINISTRATION ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER ON ABORTION, AS MANY STATES GATHER IN SPECIAL SESSIONS: The Biden Administration on Friday signed an executive order requiring the health department to compile a report on its actions so far to ensure abortion access.

“If you want to change the circumstances for women, and even little girls in this country, please go out and vote,” he said in remarks at the White House.

Illinois Right to Life said in a statement Friday that Biden’s order spreads disinformation.

The anti-abortion group said that it is a lie that the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade jeopardizes care for women experiencing miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. The statement also said that by ordering the Department of Health & Human Services to protect access to contraception Biden “seeks to expand the use of abortifacients and reinforces misinformation that Dobbs threatens contraception.”

But progressives have demanded a far more forceful response from the White House. They want aggressive administrative action that would be all but certain to draw court challenges, like providing abortions on federal property, and a stronger push from Biden on Senate Democrats to pass a law legalizing abortion nationwide and even add justices to the Supreme Court.

President Joe Biden and his administration have suffered intense criticism from liberal Democrats for their response to the Supreme Court’s decision, which eliminated the nationwide right to access abortion. While Biden has said he sympathizes with people denied access to the procedure in states where it’s outlawed, he has also said there’s little he can do unless voters elect more members of Congress who support abortion rights. READ MORE.

Meanwhile, the end of nationwide abortion protections has been met with a wave of calls from lawmakers and governors in at least a dozen states for special legislative sessions that would reshape the state-by-state patchwork of laws that now govern abortion in the U.S.

“I haven’t seen so many states focusing their attention so quickly on one issue,” said Thad Kousser, a professor who studies state politics.

Peverill Squire, a professor who specializes in legislative bodies, agreed. “The number of special sessions likely to be held this year directly in response to Dobbs is out of the ordinary,” he said, referring to the June decision in which the Supreme Court struck down its 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade. READ MORE.

The Chicago Department of Public Health has launched a new website Chicago.gov/abortion care with abortion resources in Chicago.

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July 11, 2022 at 11:35AM

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