Will Biden Declare Abortion a Public Emergency? (Guest: Rik Mehta)

Published March 20, 2023
In this episode of Health Care News, we explore the possibility of the Biden administration declaring a public health emergency to override state regulation of abortion. Our guest, Rik Mehta, a former consumer safety officer at the Food and Drug Administration and an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, sheds light on this contentious issue.

Mehta discusses how the public health emergency declaration has gone beyond its original mission, and what authority the Public Health Services Act gives the federal government. He explains the potential implications of this decision and how it could impact state regulations on abortion.

The discussion also touches on the expected Texas court decision on whether the FDA overstepped its authority in approving the chemical abortion pill, mifepristone, and how it is driving the Biden administration’s decision. Mehta explains how a public health emergency declaration for abortion will allow the federal government to override this decision and discusses the history of the Act, and what Congress can do about it.
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