Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta Delivers Remarks at White House Convening of Lawyers in Defense of Reproductive Rights | OPA
Remarks as Delivered
Thank you, Stacey [Grigsby]. Good afternoon to everyone. Thank you to the White House Counsel and the Attorney General for bringing us all together today. I am grateful to work with an Attorney General who is deeply committed to the Justice Department’s efforts to defend reproductive freedom.
Dobbs was and is devastating for people and communities across the country. The Supreme Court took away a constitutional right, and in doing so, is preventing women from being able to make decisions about our bodies, our health and our futures. Dobbs and the actions of states in the aftermath of this decision have a disproportionate impact on people of limited financial means, on people of color and other vulnerable communities. These new, complex, widespread threats to reproductive health are both a gender and racial justice issue.
This is a challenging time — particularly for those of you here who have led this fight for so long, and who are on the frontlines working with those most harmed every day. I am inspired by all of you and by my colleagues at the Justice Department working day and night on these issues. Thank you for refusing to be complacent. That’s why we are all here today — because we want to act.
That need for action is why the department established the Reproductive Rights Task Force earlier this month, to formalize our ongoing work to protect reproductive freedom and prepare for the many challenges that lie ahead.
We brought together senior officials from across the department, who meet daily on our response to Dobbs. This week, we launched a website with information on the Task Force’s work and — importantly — information on how to contact the department, through the FBI, in the event of violence or actionable