Many prominent advocates of abortion are happy about the change that is about to occur in the White House.
Alexis McGill Johnson, president, and CEO of Planned Parenthood said that there is much “damage” done in previous years that needs to be fixed but that, luckily, the new administration shows promise that many pro-choice policies would be reintroduced.
McGill Johnson characterized the latest election as “life or death” when it comes to the issue of abortion.
For abortion advocates like her, it was especially significant when Joe Biden announced that he will rescind pro-life policies launched by President Trump.
“Mexico City Policy” and “Hyde Amendment” might become a part of history
One of these policies is the so-called “Mexico City Policy” according to which foreign organizations funded by the U.S. dollars are prohibited from providing information, services, or referrals for abortion.
The policy was first introduced in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan but later revoked during the Clinton administration.
In addition to that, Biden announced that he will bring back the federal financial support for Planned Parenthood.
This support is planned to be in a form of guidance that prevents states from refusing Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.
Biden also declared that he will revoke the Hyde Amendment, which has banned federal funding of abortion since 1976.
Many abortion supporters see it as the last important piece of pro-life legislation in the U.S.
These include Democratic Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, who openly expressed her enthusiasm about ending the amendment.
She described the amendment as “discriminatory” and “hurting to rural and low-income women”.
Republicans will fight for the “Hyde Amendment”
The greatest obstacle Democrats might face is the Senate, since the Republican Senators announced that they will not give up on the Hyde Amendment.
Richard Shelby, a senior U.S. Senator from Alabama, suggested that Republicans will try their best to keep the long-standing amendment which he described as a deeply embedded part of the U.S. legislation.
What also might be restored with the new administration are modifications Trump brought to the Title X Program and the contraceptive coverage mandate of the Affordable Care Act.
As for the former, the Trump administration prevented clinics that are covered by the program from referring people to abortion providers or performing an abortion with the side funding.
This caused many clinics to leave the program.
As for the latter, Trump allowed many insurance companies to be exempt from covering no-copayment birth control on religious or moral grounds.