Abortion rights advocate: Biden's executive order 'better than nothing'

By Vaughan Jones
Published: Sunday, July 10, 2022 - 10:34pm

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Two young protesters stand looking at each other at the Arizona State Capitol on Friday, June 24, 2022.

President Joe Biden on Friday signed an executive order aimed at protecting access to reproductive health services in the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.

The order takes steps to safeguard access to emergency contraception, protect patient privacy, and legally assist those seeking and providing abortion services.

Arizonans for Reproductive Freedom Charwoman Dr. Victoria Fewell says she welcomes the order, but knows it can only go so far.

“It’s a relief that he has stepped up, and, at least, brought some attention to the matter. It’s certainly not enough, but something is better than nothing,” said Fewell.

Fewell also says the most significant piece of the order is the protection of medications used for abortion, as well as the ability to send them across state lines.

“He’s attempting to protect the ability to get medication for medical abortions across state lines, and protect the use of those medications throughout the United States, not just in states where abortion isn’t outlawed,” said Fewell.

Fewell says she anticipates more discussion between doctors and patients about permanent sterilization for both male and female clients in Arizona.

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