Biden signs executive order to promote progress in women’s health research

Biden signs executive order to promote progress in women’s health research

President Joe Biden signed an order on Monday to strengthen women’s health research while criticizing Republicans who are celebrating the overturning of the national right to abortion. He also pledged to hold them accountable at the polls in November. The initiative aims to address gender disparities in clinical trials and healthcare. This move by Democrats comes in response to the rollback of reproductive rights in nearly half of the country following a Supreme Court ruling in 2022.

During the signing of the order, Biden was joined by First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and women’s health advocate Maria Shriver. Biden emphasized that those who support overturning Roe v. Wade and a national ban on abortion do not understand the power of women. He highlighted the impact of women’s votes in the 2022 midterm elections, where Democrats saw success due to backlash against attacks on women’s autonomy.

The executive order directs federal science agencies to gather comprehensive data on women’s health and address research gaps in women’s midlife well-being. Specific conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, heart attacks, and osteoporosis, which become more common with menopause, will be the focus of this research. The order allocates $200 million in fiscal year 2025 to create a new Fund on Women’s Health overseen by the National Institutes of Health. Biden has also urged Congress to allocate $12 billion towards this cause.

The importance of this research is underscored by the fact that women make up a majority of those with Alzheimer’s, autoimmune diseases, and conditions like multiple sclerosis. The order aims to address these disparities and improve the overall health outcomes for women.

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