Biden ramps up administration’s efforts to increase abortion “access”

By Dave Andrusko

No surprise, here, the Biden Administration is determined to circumvent the June 24th Supreme Court Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade as well as democratically approved state pro-life laws.

Yesterday, Attorney General Merrick Garland filed a lawsuit against Idaho’s protective abortion law. The Justice Department is suing under what is called the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act [EMTALA]. This Act states that hospitals receiving Medicare funds “must provide medical treatment necessary to stabilize that condition before transferring or discharging the patient,” according to Tuesday’s lawsuit.

EMTALA is a federal law that requires hospitals who receive Medicare funds to stabilize and care for any patient who needs emergency treatment, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. According to Emily Cook of Texas Right to Life, “President Ronald Reagan championed and signed EMTALA into law in 1986 to ensure that vulnerable patients, including pregnant mothers in labor, would receive essential care for themselves and their preborn children. With tragic irony, Biden is now trying to use what has been a life-saving law for almost four decades to sanction the killing of unborn children.”

Today, at the first meeting of the interagency Task Force on Reproductive Health Care Access Biden signed a second executive order (as CNN charitably put it) “as part of his administration’s efforts to help ensure access to abortion in light of the Supreme Court’s decision.”

Wednesday’s order “directs HHS to consider actions guaranteeing women traveling across state lines seeking abortions have access to health care services, including through Medicaid,” CNN reported. “Last month, a bill guaranteeing women the right to travel across state lines to seek abortions failed to pass the Senate after Republicans blocked the measure.”

The Biden Executive Order is encouraging states to apply for a Medicaid 1115 waiver. The idea would be for states where abortion is legal to provide services to people traveling from a state with pro-life protections to seek services in their state.

According to CNN, “Pressed Wednesday on how the president’s executive order on reproductive care avoids running afoul of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal funds to perform abortions, White House press secretary Karine Jean Pierre said the Department of Health and Human Services will “come up with the details on the specifics on how they’re gonna work with states” to provide care via Medicaid waivers.”