On Friday, President Joe Biden will sign an executive order that aims to to protect and expand access to contraception.
In a statement, the White House said the order will improve contraception access and affordability, as well as promote increased access to over-the-counter contraception. It will also help facilitate access among college students and military members, while investing in other family planning services.
"Contraception is an essential component of reproductive health care that has only become more important in the wake of Dobbs and the ensuing crisis in women’s access to health care," the statement reads.
The announcement comes one day shy of the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, removing the right to an abortion from U.S. law. Justice Clarence Thomas suggested afterwards that the court should revisit similar cases, including those guaranteeing access to contraception, securing interracial marriage, and prohibiting sodomy bans.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 65 percent of women ages 15 to 49 used birth control from 2017 to 2019, the most popular methods being oral contraceptive pills and condoms.
Biden has been endorsed in the 2024 presidential election by several reproductive health care organizations, including EMILYs List, NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund. Alexis McGill Johnson, president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, recently told The Associated Press that "the choice is really clear."
“I think that President Biden has been an incredibly valuable partner, along with Vice President Harris, in fighting back against the onslaught of attacks that we have seen,” she said. “We are heading into an election where opposition is very clear — they are pushing for a national ban. And we have an administration that has taken actual steps to protect patients and providers during this health care crisis. The choice is really clear.”