VP Harris condemns SCOTUS ruling on abortion rights, vows ‘this is not over’

The Supreme Court on Friday issued a monumental ruling that overturned the abortion rights precedent set by 1973’s Roe v. Wade decision, and Democrats across the country were instantly outraged that individual states will now be able to regulate abortions as they best see fit.

Among those infuriated Democrats was Vice President Kamala Harris, who strongly implied that the fight about abortion rights “is not over” and seemed to suggest future federal action to reverse or undermine the Supreme Court’s ruling.

Harris laments the end of Roe v. Wade

Vice President Harris delivered a brief speech in Plainfield, Illinois, that was originally intended to focus on maternal health care but was instead changed at the last moment to address the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that dealt with a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

“Here’s what that decision means: For nearly 50 years, we have talked about what Roe v. Wade protects. Today, as of right now, as of this minute, we can only talk about what Roe v. Wade protected. Past tense,” Harris said.

“This is a healthcare crisis, because understand: Millions of women in America will go to bed tonight without access to the healthcare and reproductive care that they had this morning; without access to the same healthcare or reproductive healthcare that their mothers and grandmothers had for 50 years,” she continued.

Does she even know what she is talking about?

Vice President Harris then proceeded to make several dubious claims, such as, “This is the first time in the history of our nation that a constitutional right has been taken from the people of America. And what is that right? — some might ask. It’s the right to privacy.”

She then proceeded to issue a dire warning about other purported rights not specifically enumerated in the U.S. Constitution that Democrats now fear are at grave risk, such as the right to various forms of contraception or the right of same-sex or interracial marriage.

However, as SCOTUSblog reported, both Justice Samuel Alito’s majority opinion, as well as Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s concurrence, made clear that the Dobbs ruling applied solely to abortion and that the other unenumerated rights Democrats have hyperbolically fear-mongered over were at no risk.

That said, a separate concurrence from Justice Clarence Thomas did suggest that the questionable jurisprudence doctrine underlying prior precedents affirming those rights should be scrutinized in the future.

“This is not over”

As the vice president’s speech drew to a close, she issued a clear call of action for pro-abortion supporters to rise up and “stand together” in defense of the Democratic view of “the importance of liberty — to stand for liberty, to stand for freedom, to stand for self-determination, and for the right to privacy.”

“You have the power to elect leaders who will defend and protect your rights. And as the President said earlier today, with your vote, you can act, and you have the final word,” Harris said. “So this is not over.”

Deadline reported that Vice President Harris’ fiery speech denouncing the Supreme Court’s ruling was carried live in its entirety by MSNBC and BBC World, and was joined in progress by CNN. However, the remarks from Harris were apparently ignored and not aired by Fox News or any of the three broadcast networks — ABC, CBS, and NBC — which had all aired President Joe Biden’s condemnation of the court’s decision earlier in the day.

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