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Second meeting of Task Force on Reproductive Healthcare Access calls for “codifying Roe” and political activism 

by | Oct 24, 2022

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-abortion President Joe Biden
Photo: Gage Skidmore

Editor’s note. This appears in the October issue of National Right to Life News. Please be sure to share the edition with your pro-life family and friends.

One hundred days after the Supreme Court’s historic Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade, pro-abortion President Joe Biden again reiterating that Congress should pass a bill “codifying Roe” and that the upcoming November 8th midterms are crucial to making that wish a reality. He made his remarks during the second meeting of the White House’s Task Force on Reproductive Healthcare Access.

“Right now we’re short a handful of votes,” Mr. Biden said. “The only way it’s going to happen is if the American people make it happen.”

The Supreme Court “got Roe right 50 years ago, and the Congress should codify the protections of Roe and do it once and for all,” Biden added. “But right now, we’re short a handful of votes. The only way it’s going to happen is if the American people make it happen.”

In his “codifying Roe” remarks, the President was alluding to the preposterously mislabeled “Women’s Health Protection Act.” 

“Codifying Roe” is the Big Lie which Democrats keep peddling. The Women’s Health Protection Act “would nullify nearly all existing protective state laws,” said Jennifer Popik, J.D., director of Federal Legislation for National Right to Life. “In addition, this legislation also would have prohibited states from adopting new protective laws in the future, even laws specifically upheld as constitutionally permissible by the U.S. Supreme Court.” 

In an op-ed, pro-life Sen. Marco Rubio noted of the House-passed bill that

  • The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops explained the WHPA contains no “meaningful limitations” on the termination of a pregnancy.
  • National Review called it “a barbaric abortion bill that would enshrine in federal law a virtually unlimited right to abortion through all nine months of pregnancy in all 50 states.”

Tuesday’s second meeting of the White House’s Task Force on Reproductive Healthcare Access highlighted two announcements the administration made Tuesday on the topic,” according to Joyce Frieden of MedPage Today.

“First, the Department of Education issued guidance reminding universities that they cannot discriminate on the basis of pregnancy, including for pregnancy termination. Second, HHS will issue more than $6 million in new Title X grants and other grants ‘to protect and expand access to reproductive health care and improve service delivery, promote the adoption of healthy behaviors, and reduce existing health disparities,’” the Task Force noted in its report.

Pro-abortion Vice President Kamala Harris, who has taken the lead on the Administration’s post-Roe response, told the assembled group “We’re not going to sit by and let Republicans throughout the country enact extreme policies.” Harris added, in a slightly less strident manner, one “does not have to abandon their faith or beliefs to agree that the government should not be making these decisions for the women of America.”

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