Biden's DOJ to 'use every tool' to facilitate abortions after SCOTUS overturns Roe

"The Justice Department strongly disagrees with the Court's decision," AG Merrick Garland said.

Katie Daviscourt Seattle WA

In a statement released Friday on the Supreme Court's decision to overturn abortion landmark ruling Roe v Wade, Attorney General Merrick Garland said that the Department of Justice will "use every tool at our disposal" to protect reproductive freedom.

"The Justice Department strongly disagrees with the Court's decision," Garland said.

"This decision deals a devastating blow to reproductive freedom in the United States. It will have an immediate and irreversible impact on the lives of people across the country. And it will be greatly disproportionate in its effect – with the greatest burdens felt by people of color and those of limited financial means," he added.

"The Justice Department will work tirelessly to protect and advance reproductive freedom," Garland insisted. "And we stand ready to work with other arms of the federal government that seek to use their lawful authorities to protect and preserve access to reproductive care. In particular, the FDA has approved the use of the medication Mifepristone. States may not ban Mifepristone based on disagreement with the FDA's expert judgment about its safety and efficacy."

Attorney General Merrick Garland called on Congress to "codify" reproductive rights for American citizens and to take other legislative measures that ensure access to comprehensive reproductive services.

"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," Garland concluded.

The Justice Department's statement was met with heavy criticism, with many pointing out that it is their duty to enforce federal laws.

"How long before Garland declares Supreme Court Justices as 'domestic terrorists' for overturning Roe vs Wade?" Donald Trump Jr. said on Twitter.

"How about AG Garland address the widespread, violent threats against churches and pregnancy centers since that's his job?" Michelle Exner said, communications for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

In a 6-3 vote on Friday, the United States Supreme Court ruled in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization and overturned abortion landmark ruling Roe v Wade, which legalized abortion at the federal level.

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