February 24, 2021

The 19th: Democratic senators ask Biden admin to create office focusing on reproductive health and wellbeing

In a letter first shared with The 19th, seven Senate Dems called for an administrative office focused on reproductive health and issues related to raising children.

A group of Democratic senators is calling on the Biden administration to establish an Office of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Wellbeing in order to “more holistically address ‘the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy,’” according to a letter first shared with The 19th. The office they envision would encompass a range of issues that would “go beyond securing reproductive rights.” 

“Reproductive justice for all means addressing issues of health care access; economic inequality; discrimination based on race, gender identity, and sexual orientation; food security; housing stability; environmental justice; immigrant’s rights; disability rights; and so much more,” says the letter, which was led by Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand, and was signed by four additional Senate Democrats. 

The breadth of that charge, they add, means that “securing true reproductive justice is beyond the scope of any one existing executive department” — not necessarily constrained, for instance, to Health and Human Services or Housing and Urban Development.


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By:  Shefali Luthra
Source: The 19th