President Biden signed an executive order Wednesday to help protect access to abortion
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – President Biden signed an executive order Wednesday to help protect access to abortion after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that abortion is not a constitutional right.
Abortion rights supporters say it will help women get travel costs covered by Medicaid if their state bans or restricts access to abortion. The order will also protect them against legal action by their state or others.
Now, Oregon and Washington expect to see a large increase in Idaho women seeking an abortion after a state law banning nearly all abortions takes effect Aug. 25. The US Department of Justice has also filed a lawsuit claiming the legislation is illegal.
Meanwhile, Oregon lawmakers have set aside $15 million for abortion access, and groups such as the nonprofit Northwest Abortion Access Fund have raised millions of dollars to help with costs.
Planned Parenthood also expects to open a new abortion clinic in Ontario, Oregon later in 2022, which will also offer services to women from Idaho.
Protest groups have lined up to show their opposition, including Right to Life, which says Ontario will become an abortion destination for Idaho and is planning more demonstrations and fundraisers for an interstate billboard with a number on one pregnancy resource center.