The President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice announced Tuesday that it has formed a “Reproductive rights Task Force” in order to track state and local restrictions on abortion.
The task force will track state and local legislation that restricts women’s ability to seek abortions or seeks to legally penalize medical workers who perform abortions in a manner consistent with federal law, according to the DOJ announcement. According to the DOJ announcement, this unit will collaborate with federal agencies. It will take actions to promote and secure abortion access. (RELATED: ICE Will Transport Migrant Women Across State Lines So They Can Get Abortions: REPORT)
Justice Department Announces Reproductive Rights Task Force
The Task Force Formalizes the Department’s Ongoing Work to Protect Reproductive Freedom Under Federal Lawhttps://t.co/X1ob7dM92Q pic.twitter.com/xM02cnIr5a
— Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept) July 12, 2022
Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta said the decision was an effort to protect abortion access in light of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.
“The Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision is a devastating blow to reproductive freedom in the United States,” Gupta said in the announcement. “The Court abandoned 50 years of precedent and took away the constitutional right to abortion, preventing women all over the country from being able to make critical decisions about our bodies, our health, and our futures. The Justice Department will protect access to reproductive services
. DOJ will evaluate and monitor state and local policies that could infringe federally mandated abortion protections. This includes policies that violate Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) guidelines regarding safety and how to advise individuals on getting abortions in other countries.
The DCNF did not receive a response from the Department of Justice.
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