Biden Vows to Increase Abortion Pill Access on the 50th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade| National Catholic Register

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In yesterday’s memo, Biden vowed to fight state efforts to limit abortion drug distribution.

President Joe Biden speaks while hosting a bipartisan mayors attending the US Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2023.
President Joe Biden speaks while hosting a bipartisan mayors attending the US Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2023. (photo: Mandel Ngan / AFP/Getty)

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President Joe Biden issued a memorandum on Sunday, the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade,  directing federal agencies to support wider access to abortion pills.

In his memo, Biden called upon the secretary of Health and Humans Services, the attorney general, and the secretary of Homeland Security to issue guidance to help women and providers legally obtain abortion drugs.

Biden’s memo comes after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changed its policy on Jan. 3 to allow any patient with a prescription to obtain mifepristone from her local retail pharmacy, such as CVS or Walgreens.

Shortly following the FDA’s rule change, both CVS and Walgreens quickly announced they would soon begin offering abortion drugs. Rite Aid announced Jan. 19 that it would dispense the drugs at a limited number of pharmacies and through the mail.

Abortion drug distribution remains legally limited to hospitals, clinics, and physicians’ offices in states such as Texas and Florida. 

In yesterday’s memo, Biden vowed to fight state efforts to limit abortion drug distribution. 

“My administration remains committed to supporting safe access to mifepristone, consistent with applicable law, and defending women’s fundamental freedoms,” Biden said in the memorandum. 

Mifepristone is the first of the two pills used in a chemical abortion. The drug works by cutting off nutrients necessary for a fetus to continue developing. Mifepristone is commonly taken with a second drug, misoprostol, which is ingested 24 to 48 hours later and induces contractions that expel the dead unborn child.   

Until this month, FDA policy only allowed certified doctors, clinics, and some mail-order pharmacies to dispense mifepristone. 

On Jan. 19, 22 state attorneys general signed a letter addressed to the FDA condemning the administration’s policy change and vowing to uphold state laws limiting the distribution of abortion drugs. 

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Biden Vows to Increase Abortion Pill Access on the 50th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade| National Catholic Register

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