President Biden Lifts Trump-Era Restrictions on Abortion Access

President Biden Lifts Trump-Era Restrictions on Abortion Access

On January 28, President Joe Biden signed a memorandum that the Human Rights Watch hailed as an “important first step to repair harm to sexual and reproductive health and rights” inflicted by the Trump administration. The measure will expand the roster of health care services available to women in both domestic and foreign locales by lifting restrictions on abortion access instituted by the infamous Mexico City policy, according to CNN. The opening paragraph of the new memorandum reads: “Women should have access to the health care they need. Undue restrictions on the use of federal funds have made it harder for women to obtain necessary health care. (This statement countered the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights by stating, “There is no international right to abortion.”)While reproductive rights advocates advised that further political action is needed, they praised the memorandum as a symbol that the Biden administration takes reproductive rights seriously.

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