President Joe Biden recently called the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to allow Texas’ six-week abortion ban to remain in effect “an unprecedented assault on women’s constitutional rights.” Biden went on to say that he is prepared to react to “assaults on women’s rights” during his presidency.
Unfortunately, the president’s track record makes it abundantly clear that he is not the champion of women he purports himself to be.
In the early days of his presidency, Biden issued an executive order that claimed to combat “discrimination on the basis of gender identity,” which, in reality, undermined many of the advancements that American women struggled for decades to obtain. This order stripped women and girls of privacy and safety in public spaces, ensuring that biological males had the right to use the same restrooms and change in the same locker rooms as little girls.
A few days later, Biden repealed the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Policy, an expanded version of a policy commonly known as the Mexico City policy. Through this action, he prioritized the pocketbooks of abortion providers over providing clean water, education, and real maternal health care to women in developing nations.
In April, the Biden administration supported the removal of the Food and Drug Administration’s safety requirements surrounding chemical abortion, thereby casting aside safeguards that protect women against the known life-threatening risks of the mifepristone regimen. This includes hemorrhage, infection, incomplete pregnancy, retained fetal parts, the need for emergency surgery, and even death.
A month later, Biden released his American Families Plan, which ignored the wants and needs of the majority of American mothers by creating a one-size-fits-all plan in which families work to support a growing economy instead of the economy working to support growing families.
And most recently, with his decision to abruptly remove the U.S. military from Afghanistan, Biden abandoned Afghan women to face the horrors of life under the Taliban—where, as one woman put it, everyone is afraid.
While mothers in Afghanistan struggle to survive and protect their children from an oppressive terrorist regime, Biden is more concerned with ensuring that doctors in Texas can exploit women and end the lives of their children.
Biden’s disapproval of the Supreme Court’s ruling comes as no surprise. However, his threatening language in addressing the court, stating that he will “launch a whole-of-government effort to respond to this decision,” demonstrates a new depth of ignorance and hypocrisy.
The implicit statement made by Biden’s actions is clear: The ability to end the lives of their children in the womb is the only right that women truly need. Forget safety in public restrooms and women’s prisons, access to real health care in developing areas of the world, precautions for the chemical abortion regimen that were in place for two decades, child care plans that actually benefit mothers, and protection from the oppression of the Taliban—women are fine so long as they can get an abortion.
Biden’s priorities are deeply misguided and represent a pervasive ideology in modern culture that insists that access to abortion is the only way for women to live happy, meaningful lives.
Far from being a defender of women, Biden has repeatedly made decisions and implemented policies that place women in greater harm. His response to the Supreme Court’s decision is consistent with every other action he has taken during his presidency. Time after time, Biden has disregarded the dignity of the human person.
Hopefully, this time he will learn to change his ways. After all, you don’t mess with Texas.
This piece was originally published by the Family Research Council.
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