Joe Biden’s rush to appease radical progressives in the wake of the end of Roe v. Wade has turned to a new order for public funds to pay for travel expenses for women seeking interstate abortions.
The news follows a pledge by Biden’s Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Xavier Becerra that he was “working on a plan” that would pay for women in states that restrict abortions to travel to locations where the procedure is allowed.
Biden signed the executive order on Wednesday, declaring at the virtual signing ceremony that he believes “Roe got it right, and it’s been the law for close to 50 years.” He had to attend remotely due to his continuing positive tests for COVID-19 infection.
He said that he commits that his administration is “doing everything in our power to safeguard access to health care, including the right to choose that women had under Roe v. Wade, which was ripped away by this extreme court.”
Biden’s White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said earlier on Wednesday in her daily briefing that the order is designed to “pave the way” for Medicaid to fund out-of-state travel for abortions.
Under the order, Becerra is commanded to work on enabling the use of Medicaid for patients traveling out of state to terminate their pregnancies.
Jean-Pierre said that Becerra would be asking states to apply for Medicaid waivers that will permit them to provide abortions to women who live in states where the killing of unborn children is restricted. She described the plan as allowing waivers for direct payment of abortion procedures.
She said that she understood the order to seek a requirement that Medicaid pay for the procedures and associated costs, since, “Medicaid pays for your health care services.” She added that the White House intended to “leave it to HHS” to handle the specifics on how the federal government would work with states on the waiver process.
Reporter Owen Jensen of Catholic media outlet EWTN asked Jean-Pierre why allegedly devout Catholic Joe Biden wants to now force Catholic taxpayers to fund abortions. She answered by saying that federal law requires doctors to “provide women emergency medical care, including abortion services,” if a woman is facing “life-threatening conditions.”
The Hyde Amendment prohibits the use of federal taxpayer funds to pay for abortions. Additionally, every state that now restricts abortions after the reversal of Roe requires doctors perform the procedure if a mother’s life is endangered.
Without offering any supporting argument, Jean-Pierre said on Wednesday that the “EO will not violate the Hyde Amendment.” She added that the administration has “followed the law here.”
Jean-Pierre appeared confident that the order does not violate the Hyde Amendment.
“This EO will not violate the Hyde Amendment,” she said. “It is law, and we followed the law here.”