I share the Attorney General’s sentiments set out in a press release issued today regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization:
“The Justice Department strongly disagrees with the Court’s decision” which “deals a devastating blow to reproductive freedom in the United States,” with “immediate and irreversible impact on the lives of people . . . with the greatest burdens felt by people of color and those of limited financial means.”
The Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act “prohibits anyone from obstructing access to reproductive health services through violence, threats of violence, or property damage.” The United States Attorney’s Office will “continue to protect healthcare providers and individuals seeking reproductive health services,” in the District of New Mexico, where those services remain legal.
“The ability to decide one’s own future is a fundamental American value, and few decisions are more significant and personal than the choice of whether and when to have children.
“Few rights are more central to individual freedom than the right to control one’s own body.
“The Justice Department will use every tool at our disposal to protect reproductive freedom. And we will not waver from this Department’s founding responsibility to protect the civil rights of all Americans.”
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