by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) – The Biden administration has announced its plans to make the abortion pills misoprostol and mifepristone more easily available to facilitate medical abortions following the US Supreme Court’s withdrawal of federal abortion rights it conferred in the 1973 case of Roe v Wade, Christian Headlines (CH) reports.
Describing the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization last week as “despicable,” Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra told reporters Tuesday: “Increasing access to [abortion] drug[s] is a national imperative and in the public interest.”
The Health Department and other federal agencies plan to work together to ensure states cannot ban abortion pills, Becerra attested. The HHS will work to help train doctors and pharmacists on birth control and on sending women to other facilities as needed, he added. The Office for Civil Rights will be instructed to keep patients’ and medical providers’ health information private.
Moreover, Christian Headlines said, the government reportedly plans to clarify that healthcare providers who accept Medicaid funding can use federal funds for birth control, emergency contraception like Plan B, and long-term intrauterine devices (IUDs).
“Federal law requires our programs to provide medication abortion in limited circumstances, including life of the mother, rape, or incest,” Becerra explained. “At HHS, we will leave no stone unturned. All options are on the table. We will do everything within the legal limit of the law to reach patients and support providers.”
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