Abortion access: Fed group criticizes WH

A leading organization on protecting feds' reproductive and other rights is criticizing the Biden Administration for not doing enough for civil servants in the aftermath of the Dobbs decision.

An enduring group working to protect gender equality rights for federal employees is charging that, in the month-and-a-half since the Dobbs decision, the Biden administration has taken “no action" on this important slice of the issue.

The leading activist group of federal employees—the Department of Justice Gender Equality Network—let loose on the Biden administration last week, six weeks after the end of constitutional protection of abortion rights with Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health.

The group says that since the June 24 decision, the White House has failed to take strong action to implement practical ways for feds in need to retain access to abortion and related reproductive health services.

“We agree with President Biden that Dobbs constitutes a ‘giant step backwards in much of our country,’” the group said in an 8-page letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, Vice President Kamala Harris and other top officials. “But we are disappointed that to date—even though the President has issued two important Executive Orders on access to abortion—no action has been taken to address the particular needs of the nation’s federal public servants, despite the government’s considerable ability to help its own workforce with access to abortion.”

The group repeated an earlier call—issued in May in anticipation of the Supreme Court’s move—for the Executive Branch to advance a policy of granting leave to feds who need to travel out-of-state “when their own state outlaws it.” Compensation for travel costs and permitting feds to opt out of job relocation to states in which abortion care is outlawed are also among many other items on the group’s list of requests.

DOJGEN’s position, along with resources on the issues, are posted on the group’s website.

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