Rep. Beth Van Duyne (R-TX) argued President Joe Biden (D) is “trying to act as a dictator and as a king,” during an interview on Thursday. for overriding state powers to enact laws against abortion — by allowing women to use Medicaid to pay for out-of-state abortions.
Biden signed the “Executive Order on Securing Access to Reproductive and Other Healthcare Services” on Wednesday, which asked the federal health department to facilitate out-of-state travel for abortions.
“I would say that you’ve got a president who is trying to act like a dictator and a king and trampling all over state rights and trampling all over the Supreme Court decision,” the Texas congresswoman said, according to Mediaite. “We saw what the Supreme Court decision of Dobbs that you had justices that decided that this is not a constitutionally provided right and that the states have an opportunity to allow their constituents to debate it and to hear from them. To do it publicly and that’s exactly what you are seeing. The vote that they just had in Kansas shows that.”
“It was the state legislature in Kansas that allowed their constituents to voice their opinion. They just put that on a ballot, and they asked them, ‘Do you want this to be able to have this be a protected right or not,’ and they overwhelmingly 60-40 said no. But that’s the way this should be. This is a state’s right to decide in transparency along with their elected representatives,” Van Duyne continued.
During the signing of the executive order the president stated, “I don’t think the Court has any notion for that matter – or the Republican Party for that matter — to decide how far hard to press their extreme agenda and how women are going to respond. They don’t have a clue about the power of American women.”
“The continued advancement of restrictive abortion laws in States across the country has created legal uncertainty and disparate access to reproductive healthcare services depending on where a person lives, putting patients, providers, and third parties at risk and fueling confusion for hospitals and healthcare providers, including pharmacies,” the executive order stated, adding, “There have been numerous reports of women denied health- and life-saving emergency care, as providers fearful of legal reprisal delay necessary treatment for patients until their conditions worsen to dangerous levels.”
“There are also reports of women of reproductive age being denied prescription medication at pharmacies — including medication that is used to treat stomach ulcers, lupus, arthritis, and cancer — due to concerns that these medications, some of which can be used in medication abortions, could be used to terminate a pregnancy,” the order continued. “Reportedly, a healthcare provider, citing a State law restricting abortion, even temporarily stopped providing emergency contraception.
With the recent defeat of the Kansas “Value Them Both Amendment,” Democrats are increasingly calling for Biden to take executive steps to protect abortion.
Following the overturning of Roe v. Wade, the White House defies The High Court with, “Executive Order on Protecting Access to Reproductive Healthcare Services” which safeguarded abortion care and contraceptives, protect patient privacy, and establish an interagency task force to use the federal government to protect abortion access.
Democrats continue to use executive power to attempt to interfere with the will of the people in states across the nation. Their efforts to undermine the will of voters who want abortion bans flies in the face of the American democratic process, as citizens from every part of the country consider the consequence of abortion.
Van Duyne summarized Biden’s actions perfectly. He is aging, overreaching and cares little for the opinion of anyone, or anything, standing in the way of his agenda. Sounds like a dictator from this angle.
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