Biden Admin: Doctors Must Offer Abortion in Medical Emergencies

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    The Facts

    • On Mon. the Biden admin. released updated guidance for doctors and healthcare providers, highlighting a federal law that protects them if they provide emergency abortion services.

    • US Health and Human Services Sec. Xavier Becerra declared that "under the law, no matter where you live, women have the right to emergency care - including abortion care." He added that "as frontline health care providers" federal law "protects your clinical judgment and the action that you take to provide stabilizing medical treatment."

    The Spin

    Democratic narrative

    While the president doesn't have the direct power to overturn the Supreme Court's decision, this move once again shows that the administration is taking steps to ensure that women in the US have access to abortion services and birth control. Biden's administration is helping protect vulnerable women caught in this terrible situation.

    Republican narrative

    Biden's attempts to erode the Supreme Court's ruling not only threaten the integrity of the judicial branch, but also federalism itself. He's encouraging violent protesters to continue their vigilantism and violent behavior, and risks splitting the Democratic party over proposed action. He needs to stop.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 50% chance that Casey-era abortion rights will be granted in at least 57% of US states by May 1, 2026, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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