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The Biden administration considered declaring a public health emergency to preserve broad access to abortion services following the US Supreme Courts decision last month to overturn Roe v. Wade, but officials ultimately decided against the move, 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 wouldnt justify an inevitable legal battle.