Federal Briefs

Bioethics in Law & Culture                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fall  2020    vol. 3  issue  4

Federal Government activity from July 1 to October 30, 2020

Ana Brennan, J.D.

 

Executive Branch

August 21, 2020 - President Trump announced that the State Department will be expanding measures to prevent taxpayer money from funding abortions overseas. The Protect Life in Global Health Assistance policy will deny funding to such organizations as Planned Parenthood. 

September 25, 2020 - President Trump issued an Executive Order on Protecting Vulnerable Newborn and Infant Children, which will help protect newborn babies by denying federal funds to medical facilities that do not protect all newborns. For an in-depth legal analysis of this Executive Order, please see Jennifer Popik's Sebastian's Point article

October 26, 2020 -  Amy Coney Berrett was confirmed to the United States Supreme Court by the U.S. Senate by a vote of 52 to 48. The vote was along party lines with the exception of Susan Collins (R-ME) who voted against the nomination.