UNITED STATES−On January 22, the Joe Biden and Kamela Harris administration issued a statement announcing their intent to address the pro-life laws put in place during the Trump administration as promised while they were on the campaign trail. The year 2021 celebrates the 48th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, where the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion.
“In the past four years, reproductive health, including the right to choose, has been under relentless and extreme attack. We are deeply committed to making sure everyone has access to care – including reproductive health care – regardless of income, race, zip code, health insurance status, or immigration status,” the statement reads. “The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to codifying Roe v. Wade and appointing judges that respect foundational precedents like Roe.”
It published the day that the Annual Pro-Life March and Rally in Washington D.C. normally takes place, where individuals march to support unborn children and their families. The event was virtual because of the pandemic.
In a press release it ensured health care for all stating: “including the right to choose.”
During the first three years of the Trump administration, Vice President Mike Pence was a featured speaker at the rally and in 2020 President Trump spoke. Laws that could be impacted include the Hyde Amendment, the Mexico City Policy, Title X Funding, and Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Act.
On February 28, 2020, Democrats in the House of Representatives blocked an amendment requiring doctors to use life-saving measures if a baby is born alive during an abortion. The time right after birth is often referred to as, “the fourth trimester.”
Senator Harris spoke out as a pro-abortion, women’s reproductive rights activist fighting for abortion on demand in all nine months and during those first moments after birth.
On September 23, during the Catholic National Prayer Breakfast Virtual event, Former President Donald Trump announced he signed an Executive Order protecting the lives of infants born during an abortion procedure.
The Hyde Amendment is a legislative provision that prevents U.S. funding of abortion unless it is proven that it has to be done to save the mother and because of incest and rape. Prior to the Hyde Amendment, there were approximately 300,000 abortions paid for with U.S. tax dollars.
The Mexico City Policy blocks U.S. federal funding of abortions to those non-government organizations (NGOs) that advise or refer abortion counseling or referrals, advocate to decriminalize abortion or expand abortion services.
At one time ,the U.S. contributed federal funds to Planned Parenthood to pay for abortion initiatives in other countries.