President Biden plans to sign an executive order Wednesday aimed at helping Americans cross state abortion lines, the White House announced. It would be his second executive order aimed at preserving access to abortion since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June.
Both orders, however, are short on specifics, instead directing the Department of Health and Human Services to sort out how the policies would work. Last month, the president signed an executive order aimed at ensuring access to abortion drugs and emergency contraception.
Wednesday’s order asks the department’s secretary, Xavier Becerra, to “consider action to promote access” to abortions, including through Medicaid, for those traveling out of state, the White House said. he said in a press release. It also calls on Mr. Becerra to “consider all appropriate actions” to ensure that health care providers comply with federal nondiscrimination laws and to promote maternal health research.
The provision comes after Kansas voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected an amendment that would have removed abortion rights from the state constitution. Also Tuesday, the Biden administration sued Idaho over a tough new law that the Justice Department said would prevent emergency room doctors from performing necessary abortions for women experiencing medical emergencies.