Justice Department Assembles ‘Reproductive Rights Task Force’

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the Biden Department of Justice has announced the creation of a new “Reproductive Rights Task Force” that will work to promote abortion access across the country.

The task force will be headed by Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta, who previously served as the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the Obama administration. In the Tuesday press release announcing the new abortion task force, Gupta said the group would be “committed to protecting access to reproductive services.”

“As Attorney General Garland has said, the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision is a devastating blow to reproductive freedom in the United States,” Gupta said. “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 announcement comes just days after President Joe Biden signed an executive order similarly aimed at circumventing the Supreme Court and protecting abortion through all available means.

During the press conference introducing the executive action, Biden claimed an “out-of-control Supreme Court” and “extremist elements of the Republican Party” were attempting to move the country backwards. The president also claimed the court’s decision opened the door to a number of dystopian scenarios in which Republican state governments would use private data to track potential abortion seekers.

“There’s an increasing concern that extremist governors and others will try to get that data off of your phone, which is out there in the ether, to find out what you’re seeking, where you’re going, and what you’re doing with regard to your healthcare,” Biden said.

While the president and his Justice Department engage in blatant fear-mongering, many have pointed out that nothing resembling that scenario exists anywhere in the country — even in states that already had laws in place to ban abortion following a Supreme Court ruling to remove Roe’s protection.

Critics have also pointed out that no states have laws in place that prevent people in states where abortion is illegal to travel to a state where the practice is allowed.