Biden’s Chief Medical Officer Anthony Fauci previewed the policy change during a speech to the World Health Organization last week.
Biden also plans to withdraw the United States from an anti-abortion resolution that the Trump administration signed with dozens of other countries last year – most of which severely restrict or prohibit the right to abortion. The “Geneva Consensus Declaration” states: “There is neither an international right to abortion nor an international obligation on the part of states to finance or facilitate abortion.”
Domestically, Biden will also sign an order directing the Department of Health and Human Services to begin abolishing the Trump administration’s Title X rule, which revises the federal family planning program and provides multiple grants Ten million dollars from planned parenting and other abortions have been cut by providers. A source familiar with the plan told POLITICO that the contract is also expected to reintroduce the original standards for the federal program that requires clinics that provide subsidized family planning services to low-income patients to refer patients for abortion upon request.
The Supreme Court is currently reviewing the legality of Trump’s revision of the program.
Once Biden signs the order, HHS could announce a tentative final settlement that will reflect the policy change within 30 days. However, it would be months longer for the hundreds of vendors who left the program because of the Trump administration’s ban on referral abortions to reapply and rejoin their states’ networks.
“It won’t just be like flicking a switch to turn all Title X program providers back on,” Alexis McGill Johnson, president of planned parenting, told reporters Tuesday.
U.S. foreign aid recipients also say the reversal of Mexico City policy will not immediately reverse the effects of the Trump rule, expanding the policy to exclude groups involved in activities outside of family planning. including those working to eradicate global HIV and malaria.
Melvine Ouyo, founder and executive director of Hope for Kenya Slum Adolescents Initiative, which works with teenage girls, told POLITICO that some clinics in hard-to-reach areas have been closed due to the rule, leaving people temporarily without health care.
Progressive lawmakers and abortion rights advocates welcomed executive action on Thursday but urged Biden to go further, saying that a simple reverse of Trump rules would not be enough.
“The next two years will require being bold and moving an agenda rather than just focusing on incremental change,” said McGill Johnson.
Progressives in Congress, such as Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), Are calling on Biden to next overturn Trump’s rules that require insurance companies to separately bill for abortion coverage and take action to keep that out of the law affordable Care to support the resulting contraceptive mandate so that fewer employers can refuse to take over the birth control of their employees. You and others have also called for the first budget Biden sends to Congress to lift the long-standing ban on federal funding for abortions.
“I am confident that Biden will be our pro-choice president and he will act quickly to undo much of the damage done to the Trump administration,” Chu said.
Biden was one of the democratic parties for decades strongest anti-abortion voices, but promised as a candidate to promote abortion rights. Lawyers who have met with his transition team, including Silvia Henriquez, co-president of the All * Above All group, believe that more administrative action is on the way.
“Our problems have often been pushed into the background in the past, but we are confident that this government will remedy the situation,” she said.
Carmen Paun contributed to the reporting.