The State of Abortion 2021 — Part One in the Series
Part 1: The Biden Effect
This is a three part series explaining the shift in the political landscape favoring abortion since the 2020 election. Part One explains how the Biden Administration helps abortion providers and hurts pro life clinics.
The abortion issue is a national crisis of culture, pitting Americans who hold religious and moral beliefs in the sanctity of life against secular forces who refuse to recognize the inherent humanity of the unborn.
In addition, it is a civil rights issue. Abortion eliminates human beings based upon their status as “wanted” or “unwanted” by another person. Immigration, homelessness, health care and increasing regulatory burdens on American businesses create a labyrinth of laws individuals must navigate to act on their personal deeply held beliefs. These laws act in concert to redistribute public funds towards abortion providers while simultaneously burdening pro-life entities such as pregnancy clinics and maternity homes with ever increasing costly corporate compliance issues.
The abortion industry does not have to fundraise. It lobbies and gets federal funding and help from the government. Planned Parenthood received over $618 million dollars from taxpayers in 2019-2020. Meanwhile, pro-life non-profits must fund their efforts through charitable outreach and rely on volunteers.
The unseen victim in all of this is the youngest and most vulnerable — the child in the womb.
The Biden Administration’s Pro-Abortion Anti-Life Policies and Appointments
Within his first 100 days in office, President Biden has acted decisively to reverse pro-life legal protections and embolden abortion providers.
1. Biden appointed former California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as Department of Health and Human Services
Despite having no education, training, or background in medicine or health, Xavier Becerra now oversees Medicare and Medicaid, global health affairs, civil rights in health care, substance abuse, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with authority over regulation of the abortion pill, healthcare coverage for employees, global health, and family planning, among many other life issues.
Becerra has a record as a radical abortion activist in Congress and as California’s AG:
He attempted to stifle pregnancy clinics’ First Amendment rights (ultimately failing, thanks to a Supreme Court decision); He pursued multiple felony charges against undercover journalists who exposed Planned Parenthood’s abhorrent and illegal business practices of selling baby parts, and he led a lawsuit to stop President Trump from de-funding Planned Parenthood through Title X.
2. Biden lifted restrictions on dispensing Mifepristone, the chemical abortion drug, designed to kill unborn children in their mother’s womb. Now pregnant women can receive the abortion pill without having to visit a doctor in person through the remainder of the pandemic. This reverses a Trump Administration policy backed by the Supreme Court in January.
Background: The Food and Drug Administration had placed certain rules on administering the abortion pill in order to protect women’s safety. Mifepristone–one of the two drugs taken to achieve a chemical abortion–is one of only a few drugs that falls under the FDA’s Risk Evaluation and Mitigation System (REMS), requiring that it be dispensed only in clinics, medical offices, hospitals, or under the supervision of a certified prescriber.
In July 2020, a federal judge took it upon himself to suspend that rule amid the pandemic. The Trump Administration appealed the decision, and when that effort failed, asked the Supreme Court to reinstate the FDA restrictions on the abortion pill. The Supreme Court did exactly that. That decision is now moot, since the rule change is coming from Biden’s FDA, not a lower court.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists applauded the move: “We are pleased to see mifepristone regulated on the basis of the scientific evidence during the pandemic, rather than political bias against comprehensive reproductive health care.”
Ironically, this group of medical professionals specializing in women’s health and the care of unborn children applauds the looser use of a drug that harms and even kills women. Abortion supporters are the ones acting on political bias and ignoring scientific fact.
3. Biden rescinded the Mexico City Policy which had blocked federal funding for abortion in other countries. Current Secretary of State Anthony Blinken explained the Administration’s actions as “one of many steps… that we are taking to promote women’s health and equity at home and abroad. Because women’s rights – including sexual and reproductive rights – are human rights.” So abortion is now a human right, according to our own Secretary of State.
4. Biden withdrew the U.S. from the Geneva Declaration, an October 2020 statement signed by the U.S. and 31 other countries stating that there is no international right to abortion.
5. Biden proposed changing Title X to help organizations that refer for abortion gain access to the federal family planning program. Biden’s Head of Department of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, oversees Title X.
Part Two explains recent legal trends that help abortion and hurt pro life causes.
Elisabeth Deffner contributed to this series.