USA – The power and limits of using executive orders to protect abortion rights

President Biden is mulling over what he can do in response to a looming Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.

By Ellen Ioanes 
Jun 11, 2022

As a decision looms in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the landmark Supreme Court case that would effectively eliminate the constitutionally-protected right to a legal abortion, pressure on President Joe Biden to take action to protect that right is mounting — so much so that Biden directly addressed it on late-night TV this week, telling Jimmy Kimmel that, while he urged legislative action, the White House is also mulling executive orders protecting abortion access.

Post-Dobbs executive orders were on the table before Biden’s Wednesday appearance, although the White House has kept quiet about what those actions could look like. His interview with Kimmel was no different; after encouraging a legislative approach to enacting abortion rights protections, Biden told Kimmel, “I think what we’re going to have to do... There’s some executive orders I could employ, we believe — we’re looking at that right now.”