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The following statement can be attributed to Cynthia A. Pearson, Executive Director of the National Women’s Health Network.
Washington D.C. --- The National Women’s Health Network applauds the Biden-Harris administration for taking the first steps to undo the harms of the previous administration’s dangerous and restrictive policies that robbed countless people of the right to control their own bodies and access sexual and reproductive health care, including abortion.
Rescinding the dangerous global gag rule; taking steps to strengthen Medicaid; initiating an open enrollment period; disavowing the Trump administration’s abhorrent anti-abortion and anti-LGBTQ+ Geneva Consensus Declaration, restoring funding to UNFPA for their critical reproductive and maternal health work around the world; and beginning the important process of reviewing the harmful domestic gag rule for the Title X program are important first steps with a real impact on women’s lives.
The NWHN calls on the Biden-Harris administration to prioritize reproductive health and access. The administration must follow the science on the abortion pill and immediately suspend medically unnecessary rules requiring patients to pick up mifepristone in person. Taking this step would make FDA’s treatment of medication abortion during the COVID-19 pandemic consistent with the steps FDA has taken to reduce coronavirus exposure for all other drugs, including those far less safe.
We also call on the Biden-Harris administration to undertake a systematic review of all components of the FDA’s restrictions and permanently remove any restrictions that are not justified by medical science.
As the Biden-Harris Administration works to rebuild from the devastation of the pandemic, the economic crisis, and centuries of systemic racism, it is important to state that sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice cannot be an afterthought.
For women, Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color, LGBTQ+ people, young people, and people with low incomes, bodily autonomy and access to health care is the foundation of a better future. It’s how they build families, careers, and communities.
That’s why the Biden-Harris Administration and a pro-reproductive health care majority in Congress must implement the Blueprint for Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice, a comprehensive and proactive policy agenda endorsed by more than 100 bold, progressive organizations, including the National Women’s Health Network.