Many Democrats have had a difficult time accepting the Supreme Court ruling that overturned 1973’s Roe v. Wade precedent and now allows the individual states to regulate abortion rights, including Vice President Kamala Harris.
Harris attacked the Supreme Court’s decision as “outrageous,” argued that abortion was a fundamental constitutional right, and urged abortion supporters to become more politically active, Breitbart reported.
Harris attacks Supreme Court
Vice President Harris spoke at the Essence Festival of Culture in New Orleans, Louisiana with Hollywood actress Keke Palmer, one of the stars of Pixar’s new Lightyear movie, and while a number of topics were covered the Supreme Court’s ruling on abortion rights was chief among them.
“The Supreme Court — with the Dobbs decision — for the first time in the history of our nation, took a constitutional right that had been recognized and took it from the women of America. Took a constitutional right,” Harris said. “And what is so outrageous about this on every level is: One, it is the taking of a right that was given and guaranteed and something that we took for granted to be settled law.”
Harris then referenced several other unenumerated rights that Democrats now fear are under threat and asserted, “What essentially has happened is the statement has been made that the government has a right to come in your home and tell you, as a woman and as a family, what you should do with your body.”
“And the point has to be this: We have to recognize we’re a nation that was founded on certain principles that are — that are grounded in the concept of freedom and liberty,” she continued, and proceeded to compare limited abortion rights with slavery.
“We also know that we’ve had a history in this country of government — trying to claim ownership over human bodies. And we had supposedly evolved from that time and that way of thinking. So this is very problematic on so many levels,” Harris added.
Later in the conversation, the vice president urged those concerned about abortion rights to become more actively engaged in politics and protesting and instructed them to not take “No” for an answer when making demands.
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The remarks from VP Harris in that conversation were, in large part, a rehash of what she had to say in a speech delivered just hours after the Supreme Court had struck down Roe by way of its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that upheld a Mississippi law that banned most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
In that speech, Harris had also accused the Supreme Court of stripping away a fundamental constitutional right for women and warned of other relatively recently established rights that could eventually suffer the same fate as Roe, such as rulings affirming the rights to contraception, interracial marriage, and same-sex marriage, among others.
She also called on Americans to become more politically engaged and to elect lawmakers who would presumably counter the Supreme Court’s ruling by codifying abortion rights at the federal level in a manner that would supersede any state-level restrictions on abortion procedures.