Biden preparing executive orders to reverse pro-life Trump policies

by Peter Heck · Nov 11th, 2020 8:09 am

Last Updated Nov 12th, 2020 at 8:34 am

The Joe Biden transition team has publicly released the "Biden administration agenda" that documents a series of executive orders to be issued in the opening days of his presidency. Among the most prominent items on the list are his numerous efforts to undo President Trump's pro-life initiatives.

Contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) initiated an intense feud during Biden's tenure as vice president, between he and Barack Obama's administration and several religious organizations who claimed the mandate forced them to violate their religious conscience. Most notably, the Obama/Biden administration spent seven years attempting to compel the Little Sisters of the Poor to pay for contraception.

The Supreme Court eventually ruled in favor of the Catholic nuns' ministry, but Biden's "early executive action" document might indicate more such battles are on the horizon.

Additionally, the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits the use of American tax dollars to "perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning" in foreign states, looks to continue its ping-pong trajectory.

Originally enacted by Republican presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, it was rescinded by Democrat President Clinton in 1993. George W. Bush re-imposed the policy after Clinton's term, only to see it undone by Barack Obama in 2008. Donald Trump brought the policy back four years ago.

The Trump administration was particularly aggressive in its enforcement of the Mexico City Policy, implementing a rule that barred Title X funding for those who see abortion as a legitimate method of family planning. The move forced Planned Parenthood to withdraw entirely from the Title X program.

Though not appearing on his list of early objectives, Biden has also stated his desire to "codify" Roe v. Wade, as well as repeal the Hyde Amendment, which would allow tax dollars to pay for abortions.


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