President Joe Biden is planning to sign an executive order on Friday to protect abortion and contraception access and increase privacy following the Supreme Court’s ruling which overturned Roe v. Wade.
The Hill reports:
At Biden’s direction, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will take additional action to protect access to abortion medication that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
The agency will also seek to protect access to emergency medical care for pregnant women and women experiencing miscarriage, including by reviewing guidance that outlines physician responsibilities under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act.
Biden will also direct HHS to expand access to contraception like IUDs. The Affordable Care Act guarantees coverage of free birth control and contraceptive counseling.
The president’s executive order will additionally aim to protect patient privacy by addressing the transfer of sensitive health data and digital surveillance related to reproductive health care services.
HHS will also examine potential actions under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to improve privacy protections around reproductive health care..