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After The Recoverage Campaign $ 45m Push, Planned Parenthood Wants One Day Of An Executive Order Of Biden

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After spending a record-breaking amount of cash in the presidential race, Planned Parenthood is looking forward to its return on investment in an administration led by Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations spent $45 million on the race, their largest election expenditure ever. Nearly $10 million was spent in key battleground states that went for President Donald Trump four years ago but flipped for Biden.

Alexis McGill Johnson, president of Planned Parenthood, told Newsweek it was critical for the organization to put all hands on deck after watching the Trump administration “fight so hard to undermine access” to reproductive and sexual health care.

Now, Planned Parenthood is working closely with the Biden-Harris transition team to ensure they’re “ready to hit the ground running day one.”

“The first thing we would like to see would be an executive order on day one, within the first 100 days, that demonstrates the administration’s commitment to sexual and reproductive health care,” Johnson said.

Abortion-rights supporters hug outside the Planned Parenthood Reproductive Health Services Center in St. Louis on May 31, 2019. Planned Parenthood has detailed the actions it wants President-elect Joe Biden to take within the first 100 days of his administration to advance reproductive rights.
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But not everything Biden has pledged or Planned Parenthood has supported can be done through the president’s actions alone. He will need the support of Congress to do things like repeal the Hyde Amendment or codify Roe v. Wade, two proposals that would face opposition in a Republican-controlled Senate.

There’s also the long-term challenge of Trump’s remaking of the federal judiciary. He’s appointed hundreds of conservative judges to the federal bench, including three Supreme Court justices. The top court’s new 6-3 conservative majority has many abortion-rights advocates worried about the future of Roe.

Last month, a federal appeals court ruled that Texas and Louisiana can cut Planned Parenthood from their Medicaid programs, a victory for abortion-rights opponents who have sought to cut off government funding to the organization. And there are at least 17 cases just one step away from being heard by the new Supreme Court that could threaten abortion access.

Planned Parenthood acknowledged the obstacle, saying the reproductive health movement has “unfortunately” relied on the courts as a backstop to protect rights to access and care.

“It’s one of the reasons we focused as an organization to elect reproductive rights champions up and down the ballot,” said Johnson. She also noted that Planned Parenthood needs to keep working in states with legislatures that have been passing restrictive reproductive health laws.

The organization will also draw on high public support for reproductive rights. In 2019, multiple surveys found that public support in the United States for abortion was the highest it had been in decades.

“We’ll continue to work toward a time when we know that the White House, the House and the Senate are reflective of the views of the majority of voters,” Ayers said.

Newsweek reached out to the Biden-Harris transition team for comment but did not hear back in time for publication.

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