The law effectively bans most abortions in the state, making it one of the most restrictive in the country.

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Joe Biden used the word "abortion" for the first time during his presidency while responding to the new Texas law that effectively bans most abortions.

Texas's law, which took effect on Wednesday, bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, before many women even know they are pregnant, and allows private citizens (rather than state officials) to sue abortion providers.

The president published a statement on Thursday after the Supreme Court's decision not to block the state's ban, calling it "an unprecedented assault on a woman's constitutional rights under Roe v. Wade." He announced that he would be directing the Department of Health and Human Services and the Justice Department "to see what steps the Federal Government can take to ensure that women in Texas have access to safe and legal abortions."

"Rather than use its supreme authority to ensure justice could be fairly sought, the highest Court of our land will allow millions of women in Texas in need of critical reproductive care to suffer while courts sift through procedural complexities," he said.

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As CNN pointed out, it is the first time President Biden has used the word "abortion" in public remarks and statements since taking office. The absence of the word in his previous remarks, the outlet noted, has been a source of frustration for abortion rights activists.

On Wednesday night, the Supreme Court formally denied a request from Texas abortion providers to freeze the state law. The court's decision means that the law, one of the strictest in the country, will remain on the books for now.