Clinics offering womens reproductive health services around the world
can now provide information about abortion without fear of losing American funding.
On Thursday President Joe Biden signed an executive order
to expand access to reproductive health care domestically and abroad
including rescinding the Mexico city policy also known as the global gag rule.
The 1984 measure supported by Republican presidents since Ronald Reagan
blocks US Federal Funding for non-governmental organizations
that provide abortion counseling or referrals, advocate to decriminalize abortion
or expand abortion services abroad.
Second order Im signing relates to protecting womens health at home and abroad
and it reinstates the changes that were made title 10
and other things making it harder for women to have access to affordable health care
as it relates to reproductive rights.
Previous democratic presidents including Bill Clinton and Barack Obama have rescinded the rule
arguing that it deprives women and girls around the world of access to critical health care.
Every time funding for reproductive health care services
including for abortion care is cut or undermined whether globally or domestically.
Peoples health is at risk.
Peoples economic security is at risk
and quite frankly peoples lives are at risk.
Biden also reversed the Trump administrations domestic abortion restrictions.
Abortion is legal in the US but has been more difficult to access under Trump.
It would be a wonderful step if we could actually limit that more
but unfortunately under the Biden administration
I only see him pushing for more pro-choice legislation.
In another move to roll back Trump policies,
Biden signed orders expanding access to the federal health insurance program medicaid
and the affordable care act.
The health insurance legislation also known as Obama Care.
Basically the best way to describe them to undo the damage Trump has done.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation,
roughly 15 million uninsured Americans could benefit from the expansion of these programs.
Pat Civita Coswara voa news