The survey was released during a week when Democrats have been increasingly calling on the Biden administration to put safeguards in place to protect some types of abortion access ahead of a decision in Dobbs.
“Democrats need to use every tool at their disposal to protect women and their constitutional right to an abortion. President Biden’s executive authority to marshall the resources of the entire federal government is one of our most powerful tools,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., one of 25 Democrats who wrote to Biden on Wednesday.
The letter, spearheaded by Warren and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chair Patty Murray, D-Wash., calls on the administration to take action to increase medication abortion access, clarify how sensitive reproductive health data would be protected and create a reproductive health ombudsman at the Department of Health and Human Services.
Senate Finance Chair Ron Wyden of Oregon and House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. of New Jersey, meanwhile, sent a letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure on Wednesday asking for a briefing before June 24 on steps the administration will take to prevent family planning providers such as Planned Parenthood from being excluded from some state Medicaid programs.
“Moreover, we are concerned that more states will take similar steps to exclude reproductive health providers from Medicaid without clear and immediate agency action,” wrote the Democratic lawmakers, who have joint jurisdiction over Medicaid.