President Biden on Friday is set to sign an executive order to protect and expand access to contraception.
The order comes one day before advocates and opponents alike are set to mark one year since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade and nearly a half-century of the Constitutional right to abortion.
According to the White House, the executive order aims to:
• Improve contraception access and affordability for women with private health insurance
• Promote increased access to over-the-counter contraception
• Support family planning services and supplies through Medicaid
• Improve the coverage of contraception through Medicare
• Support access to contraception for service members, veterans and federal employees
• Bolster contraception access across federally-supported health care programs
• Support access to affordable contraception for employees and college students
• Promote research and data analysis on contraception access.
The White House adds that the executive order builds on actions already taken by the Biden-Harris Administration, which include clarifying protections for women with private health insurance and expanding access to contraception through the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
Biden and Vice President Harris were also set Friday to make remarks regarding the one-year mark since the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on June 24, 2022 in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Healthcare, which overturned Roe.