When the U.S. Supreme Court dumped the Roe v. Wade decision in June, President Biden began issuing executive orders promoting abortion at taxpayer expense and instructing veterans hospitals to violate federal law and begin providing abortion. (See earlier story)
Congressman Andrew Clyde (R-GA) reports in a press release that on July 13th, he led 56 of his colleagues in sending a letter urging President Biden to rescind Executive Order 14076 (Protecting Access to Reproductive Health Care), respect the Supreme Court's decision, and refrain from taking additional action to undermine American voters. But instead of protecting the sanctity of life and honoring the democratic process and the court's integrity, Biden doubled down by issuing Executive Order 14079 (Securing Access to Reproductive Health Care).
"This is President Biden putting his foot on the scale of government and saying, 'We in the executive branch … want to be legislators as well; we want to create law,'" Rep. Clyde observes. "That's not what the executive branch is supposed to do. They are to faithfully execute the laws as Congress has written them."
In overturning the decision of the 1973 case, the Supreme Court left it up to the states to regulate abortion. In an effort to protect their right to do so, Rep. Clyde and 90 of his colleagues have introduced the Protect the UNBORN (Undo the Negligent Biden Orders Right Now) Act, a bill to block and defund Biden's pro-abortion executive orders.
"We had 90 Republican original co-sponsors to it, so that is a tremendous amount of support," Clyde notes. "It's actually the largest number of original co-sponsors I've ever had on a bill, so I'm very, very encouraged by that."
The measure also has the support of Catholic Vote, Family Research Council, and Heritage Action.
Rep. Clyde thinks the widespread support sends a "very strong statement" that life and the Constitution – which plainly lists a separation of powers between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government – are still valued by many.