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‘No Magic Bullet’: Biden Team Weighed Public Health Emergency After Roe Reversal

  • Officials decided impact wouldn’t be worth legal battles
  • Liberals furious over Biden’s measured response to ruling
Joe Biden speaks in the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington, D.C., on June 24.

Joe Biden speaks in the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington, D.C., on June 24.

Photographer: Oliver Contreras/Sipa/Bloomberg

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The Biden administration considered declaring a public health emergency to preserve broad access to abortion services following the US Supreme Court’s decision last month to overturn Roe v. Wade, but officials decided against the move at the time, according to people familiar with the matter.

The possible declaration was discussed between top officials at the Health and Human Services Department and the White House ahead of a June 28 news conference by Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, the people said. But officials set aside the idea due to concerns the impact wouldn’t justify an inevitable legal battle.