The executive order also protects access to contraception, Biden said, explaining that “in all 50 states [and] in the District of Columbia, the Affordable Care Act guarantees insurance coverage for women’s health services, including free birth control. The executive order directs HHS to identify ways to expand access to reproductive health services like IUDs, birth control pills, emergency contraception. And equally important, this executive order protects patient privacy and access to information.”
“We cannot allow an out of control Supreme Court working in conjunction with extremist elements of the Republican Party to take away freedoms and our personal autonomy,” Biden said before signing the executive order. “The choice we face as a nation [is] between the mainstream and the extreme, between moving forward and moving backwards, between allowing politicians to enter the most personal parts of our lives and protecting the right to privacy—yes—embedded in our Constitution. This is a choice. This is a moment—the moment—a moment to restore the rights that have been taken away from us in the moment [and] protect our nation from an extremist agenda that is antithetical to everything we believe as Americans.”
The “Executive Order on Protecting Access to Reproductive Healthcare Services” can be read here.