The incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden is preparing a widespread disbanding of pro-life policies enacted under the Trump administration, in addition to new legislation that would expand abortion rights under federal law.
The rollback would include revoking the Mexico City Policy – which restricts U.S. taxpayer dollars from sponsoring abortions in other nations – in addition to restoring Title X money to clinics such as Planned Parenthood that provide abortions or refer people to abortion providers.
Biden is expected to also revive the contraceptive coverage mandate of Obama's Affordable Care Act, which forces employers to cover birth control, including "emergency contraceptives," which are abortifacients that kill a newly formed embryo.
In addition, Biden has promised to "codify" abortion into federal law in an effort to prevent any potential Supreme Court overturn of Roe v. Wade and combat the increasing number of state policies that seek to protect the life of the unborn.
Both Biden and Congressional Democrats have also discussed repealing the Hyde Amendment in 2021, which would allow taxpayer dollars to be directly used for aborting children.
Planned Parenthood CEO Alexis McGill Johnson called Biden's plans "tremendously exciting."
"We have a ton of work to do to undo the harm over the last four years, but knowing we have champions there who understand what needs to happen in the first 100 days is tremendously exciting," Johnson said.
Pro-life groups lamented the planned policy changes.
"It's certainly disheartening, but we aren't going to give up, and we will do whatever we can to stop abortion from being promoted," said Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee.
Biden has also received pushback from the Catholic Church, of which he claims membership. Last week, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan said that Catholics would continue to be "hung up" on abortion.
"Actually, we're obsessed with the dignity of the human person and the sacredness of all human life!" said Dolan. "Yes, the innocent, helpless life of the baby in the womb, but also the life of the death row prisoner, the immigrant, the fragile elderly, the poor, and the sick."