President Joe Biden said on Sunday that he is considering declaring a public health emergency in order to free up federal resources to promote abortion access. This is despite the fact that the White House has said that this does not seem like it would be a good option.
The President’s message to people who are angry about the Supreme Court’s ruling on abortion is to keep protesting and making their voices heard. He believes that it is critically important for people to continue speaking out about this issue.
The president said that he does not have the power to force states to allow abortion, in remarks to reporters during a stop on a bike ride. Biden said that he does not have the authority to say that Roe v. Wade will be reinstated, it is something that Congress would have to codify. He also said that in order for this to have a better chance in the future, voters would have to elect more lawmakers who support abortion access.
Biden said that his administration is taking several measures to support women’s rights after the court ruling, including looking into declaring a public health emergency. This would release federal resources, but some White House officials are doubtful about its legality and effectiveness. It would also most likely be met with legal challenges.
The president said that he has asked officials to investigate whether or not he has the authority to do something, and what sort of impact it would have.
On Friday, Jen Klein, the director of the White House Gender Policy Council, said that she didn’t think the current option was a good one.
“When we looked at the public health emergency, we learned a couple things: One is that it doesn’t free very many resources,” she told reporters. “It’s what’s in the public health emergency fund, and there’s very little money — tens of thousands of dollars in it. So that didn’t seem like a great option. And it also doesn’t release a significant amount of legal authority. And so that’s why we haven’t taken that action yet.”