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The attorney general for Massachusetts announced the launch of a new task force centered around "sexual and reproductive healthcare," including abortions as well as gender transitions for children.
Attorney General Andrea Campbell blamed "right-wing, anti-science extremists" for the need for the new unit, which was named the Reproductive Justice Unit in response to the Supreme Court's decision overturning Roe v. Wade.
The unit will provide information on topics and legislation in Massachusetts surrounding abortions, maternal health, and the ambiguous term "gender-affirming care."
“This unit will serve as an important tool to ensure Massachusetts continues to lead the way when it comes to accessing the full suite of sexual and reproductive healthcare. That includes, but is definitely not limited to abortion care, maternal health care, gender-affirming care, and preventative care,” said ACLU fellow Sapna Khatri, director of the unit.
New unit at the Attorney General's Office just dropped.\n\u00a0\nExciting update on our Reproductive Justice Unit coming later today \ud83d\udc40— Andrea Joy Campbell (@Andrea Joy Campbell) 1696255833
The attorney general positioned her new unit as a direct rebuttal to abortion restrictions in other states and also claimed that "LGBTQ" youth could be pushed out of "existence" as a result of legislation in Republican jurisdictions.
“Right-wing, anti-science extremists will not stop until abortion is banned in all 50 states and LGBTQ people, starting with youth, are pushed to the shadows and frankly possibly out of existence,” she claimed. “In this unprecedented time we have an opportunity to make sure Massachusetts remains a beacon for reproductive justice.”
“We must meet the escalating anti-science, extremist attacks on our basic right to bodily autonomy with bold and comprehensive action,” a press release from the attorney general also read.
The press released noted that there are "shocking rates of suicidality [sic]" among children with gender dysphoria but described bans on transgender surgeries and hormone treatments for minors as an "attack" on parents and providers who facilitate access to such.
Our Reproductive Justice Unit was made with the idea that our office can use every tool in our toolbox to ensure everyone is able to decide for themselves if, when and how to become a parent.\n\nI'm excited to introduce you all to the first ever Director of this unit: Sapna Khatri.— Andrea Joy Campbell (@Andrea Joy Campbell) 1696281770
"Our Reproductive Justice Unit was made with the idea that our office can use every tool in our toolbox to ensure everyone is able to decide for themselves if, when and how to become a parent," Campbell wrote on X.
Campbell's announcement also said that the unit will attempt to "expand the conversation" around "birth justice" for "Black and brown" communities.
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