Bioethics in Law & Culture Spring 2021 vol. 4 issue 2
Federal Government activity from January 1, 2021 – March 31, 2021
Ana Brennan, J.D.
Mexico City Policy
January 21, 2021, President Biden signed an executive order reversing the Mexico City policy, permitting U.S. aid money once again to fund groups that provide or promote abortion around the globe.
President Biden's relief plan included $467.8 billion subsidize abortion and the abortion industry.
Title X Funding
On April 14, 2021, the Biden Administration published a proposal to once again allow for federal funding of providers who refer for abortion.
On April 13, 2021, the FDA announced thy would stop enforcing a rule that required an in-person appointment before receiving the pills necessary to induce a chemical abortion. Women can now receive the abortion pills in the mail without a doctor's visit.
Fetal Tissue Experimentation
On April 16, 2021, The National Institutes of Health removed restrictions put in place by the Trump administration, now allowing research using fetal tissue.
The Hyde Amendment
Both President Biden and Democrats in Congress have indicated that they will attack the Hyde Amendment next, which would force Americans to pay for abortions under Medicaid.
1. On January 28, 2021, Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) reintroduced "The Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act."
45 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors of the legislation include Senators Barrasso (R-WY), Blackburn (R-TN), Blunt (R-MO), Boozman (R-AR), Braun (R-IN), Burr (R-NC), Cassidy (R-LA), Cornyn (R-TX), Cotton (R-AR), Cramer (R-ND), Crapo (R-ID), Cruz (R-TX), Daines (R-MT), Ernst (R-IA), Fischer (R-NE), Graham (R-SC), Grassley (R-IA), Hagerty (R-TN), Hawley (R-MO), Hoeven (R-ND), Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Inhofe (R-OK), Johnson (R-WI), Kennedy (R-LA), Lankford (R-OK), Lee (R-UT), Lummis (R-WY), Marshall (R-KS), McConnell (R-KY), Moran (R-KS), Paul (R-KY), Portman (R-OH), Risch (R-ID), Rounds (R-SD), Romney (R-UT), Rubio (R-FL), Scott (R-FL), Scott (R-SC), Shelby (R-AL), Sullivan (R-AK), Thune (R-SD), Tillis (R-NC), Toomey (R-PA), Wicker (R-MS), and Young (R-IN).
On February 5, 2021, the Senate rejected the “Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act.” Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) attempted to add the measure to a budget resolution bill. Democrats Sens. Joe Manchin (WV) and Bob Casey (PA) joined Republicans in the 52-48 vote to advance the bill, but the measure still failed to reach the necessary 60-vote threshold.
2. On March 25, 202, Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced S.1021 - A bill to ensure affordable abortion coverage and care for every person, and for other purposes. The bill has been referred to committee.
House of Representatives
1. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is refusing to allow a vote on "The Born-Alive Survivors Act," H.R. 619. House Republicans can force a vote by use of a discharge petition, which requires the signatures of 218 Representatives.
2. On March 26, 2021 Barbara Lee (D-CA-13) introduced H.R.2234 - To ensure affordable abortion coverage and care for every person, and for other purposes. The bill has been referred to committee.