By Laura Echevarria, Director of Communications and Press Secretary
Editor’s note. This appears in the March edition of National Right to Life News. Please share with your pro-life family and friends. Please send any comments to email@example.com.
In 2019, more than 90 organizations signed on to The Blueprint for Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice. In 111 pages, these pro-abortion organizations, including NARAL Pro-Choice America, National Abortion Federation, Planned Parenthood, and the National Organization of Women, laid out legislative goals, goals for the judiciary, international goals and goals involving executive action.
The Blueprint was based on a pro-abortion president winning the 2020 election.
We are not quite two and a half years into this administration but it’s clear to everyone that this administration is cleaving to the goals of the abortion industry as closely as possible.
From The Blueprint, the pro-abortion groups listed what they called “First Priorities: Executive and Agency Actions” that were probably on President Biden’s desk on day one of his administration. The “First Priorities” included:
“On day one, the president must issue an executive order unequivocally stating his commitment to protect and expand access to comprehensive reproductive health care, uphold sexual and reproductive rights, including abortion care, in the U.S. and around the world, and rescind or revoke prior executive actions limiting access to care. This executive order must:
Clearly and explicitly state that the president is committed to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care, including abortion … that no one should be denied access to comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion, …
Revoke the January 23, 2017 Presidential Memorandum Regarding the Mexico City Policy and clarify what is permitted under current law to ensure access to comprehensive reproductive health care, including foreign assistance for abortion, to the maximum extent allowed …
Rescind Executive Order 13535 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s Consistency with Longstanding Restrictions on the Use of Federal Funds for Abortion …
Direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to issue guidance to lift the FDA’s in-person dispensing requirement for mifepristone for the duration of the public health emergency, consistent with similar directives and waivers issued to reduce risk of COVID-19 …”
Nearly all these things were completed or in action almost immediately after the establishment of the Biden administration.
In addition to the previous list, the “First Priorities” included removing conscience protections for those opposing abortion on religious or moral grounds. The document authors demanded that within the first 90 days, the new pro-abortion administration would require that “The FDA must review the REMS [Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy] for mifepristone to determine whether a REMS remains necessary, or whether the goals and elements should be modified or removed from the approved strategy…” [Mifepristone is used in combination with misoprostol, a prostaglandin, to cause an abortion.]
The Blueprint is truly a pro-abortion wish list, and the Biden administration has been following it almost to the letter!
Now that we are in the second half of the Biden administration, the objectives have grown to include additional demands made in the lengthier Blueprint document. In response to Dobbs, the administration is pursuing policies on the federal level to entrench unlimited abortion to the degree that it can. The aim is to challenge state laws with executive action or rules changes or put an end to well-established federal provisions such as the Hyde Amendment.
These pro-abortion groups want to see policies on the federal level that would pave the way for creating laws that would go beyond Roe v. Wade.