Health Secretary Xavier Becerra announced on Friday, Sept. 17, his support for both abortion providers in the state of Texas and their potential patients, following recent state legislation that bans the killing of babies from the moment a heartbeat is detected.
In early September, the Supreme Court had the opportunity to strike down the legislation enacted in Texas; however, to the surprise of many, that did not happen, and as a result, the historic legislation remains in place.
Democratic politicians and leftist movements lamented the Court’s decision and continued in a legal fight to reverse the law pushed by conservatives and Republicans in Texas.
From the beginning, the Biden administration has expressed its disagreement with the new law. It has just announced its political and economic support to abortion companies and organizations promoting these practices.
Among the initiatives announced by Xavier Becerra is additional funding for Every Body Texas, a non-profit organization that distributes money to sexual and reproductive health clinics throughout Texas.
In addition, up to $10 million in grants will be awarded to clinics that can demonstrate “extraordinary need following the influx of clients” due to the new law.
For example, such would be the case in the state of New Mexico, whose health officials indicated that it has already seen more women than usual seeking abortions after the bill went into effect on Sept. 1.
“Every American deserves access to health care no matter where they live – including access to safe and legal abortions,” Becerra said in a statement.
“Now, in response to President Biden’s directive, HHS is taking actions to support and protect both patients and providers from this dangerous attack on Texans’ health care. Today we are making clear that doctors and hospitals have an obligation under federal law to make medical decisions regarding when it’s appropriate to treat their patients,” he added.
Concurrently, earlier this week, the Biden administration’s Justice Department filed a motion seeking a preliminary injunction or temporary restraining order to stop the regulations from going into effect.
Susan B. Anthony List, a national pro-life group, denounced the Biden administration’s announcement.
“There are no lengths the Biden administration won’t go to in their drive to prop up the abortion industry and impose abortion on demand up to birth nationwide, on a public that resoundingly rejects their agenda,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, the group’s president, said in a statement.“
In addition to banning abortions on babies who demonstrate a heartbeat, the new legislation allows private citizens to sue doctors who perform abortions in violation.
It also allows civil action to be brought against anyone who allegedly aided or abetted in violating the law. Violators could face a payout of up to $10,000 to the person who successfully brings such a lawsuit.
Although the legislation only applies to the state of Texas, pro-life sectors across the country applaud the initiative, which sets a valuable precedent to be replicated in other states and even nationwide.