Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jun 23, 2023 / 13:45 pm
President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Friday to expand access to all contraceptives approved by the Food and Drug Administration, including contraceptives that induce abortions.
The executive order, which is intended to increase access to contraceptives over the counter, reduce the cost of contraceptives, and increase access for veterans and students, was signed the day before the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. That decision overturned Roe v. Wade and returned abortion laws back to the states.
“Contraception is an essential component of reproductive health care that has only become more important in the wake of Dobbs and the ensuing crisis in women’s access to health care,” a White House press release read.
One aspect of the executive order directs three agencies to consider guidelines that would ensure that private health insurance companies cover all FDA-approved contraceptives without cost sharing to reduce costs. It also compels the agencies to streamline the process for women seeking these products.