On Tuesday, US President Joe Biden will unveil new rules and grants to defend reproductive rights, as well as explain how abortion rights have been limited since the Supreme Court abolished the constitutional right to terminate pregnancies.
He will speak at a meeting of the reproductive rights task group, which will also include Vice President Kamala Harris, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.
The meeting will focus on how millions of women cannot access abortion services and doctors and nurses are facing criminal penalties for providing such services, according to a White House official and a letter shared by the White House.
The letter to the president was from Jen Klein, the head of the inter-agency task force on abortion access.
At the meeting, the president will also speak about new guidelines for universities from the Department of Education to protect students from discrimination on the basis of pregnancy and $6 million in new grants to protect access to reproductive healthcare services from the Department of Health & Human Services.
The letter from Klein said abortion bans have gone into effect in more than one dozen states since the court overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling on June 24. Nearly 30 million women of reproductive age now live in a state with a ban, including nearly 22 million women who cannot access abortion care after six weeks, it said.
The letter also notes efforts by Republican lawmakers such as Senator Lindsay Graham to issue a nationwide abortion ban.