Kamala Harris quotes Declaration of Independence in abortion speech but omits right to life

 January 24, 2023

This past Sunday marked the fiftieth anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a 1973 Supreme Court decision which found that abortion was a constitutional right. However, it was overturned last year in a ruling that infuriated many Democrats.

One of them is Vice President Kamala Harris, who recently misquoted the Declaration of Independence in an attempt to defend abortion. 

Harris omits right to life when defending abortion

According to Fox News, Harris' odd remarks came while she delivered a speech this past weekend in Tallahassee, Florida.

"We collectively believe and know, America is a promise … It is a promise of freedom and liberty," the vice president insisted.

"Not just some, but for all," she continued. "A promise we made in the Declaration of Independence, that we are each endowed with the right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Be clear, these rights were not bestowed upon us, they belong to us as Americans."

As Fox News pointed out, the Declaration of Independence actually lists the right to life before it cites the rights to liberty and happiness.

Declaration of Independence says rights come from God

What's more, the document does not characterize these rights as being the result of "a promise" but instead describes them as originating from God.

The relevant portion reads, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

Harris may have found it awkward to remind her listeners of the right to life given that the goal of an abortion is to end a life.

This is something that abortion provider and activist Dr. LeRoy Carhart admitted during an interview with the BBC's Hilary Andersson.

Abortion doctor has "no problem" with "killing a baby"

Carhart: To the fetus it makes no difference whether it’s born or not born. The baby has no input in this, as far as I’m concerned.

Hilary Andersson: But it’s interesting that you use the word baby because a lot of abortionists won’t use that. They’ll use the term fetus because they don’t want to acknowledge that there’s a life.

Carhart: I- I think that it is a baby and I tell our- I use it with the patients.

Hilary Andersson: And you don’t have a problem with killing a baby?

Carhart: (Pause) I have no problem if it’s in the mother’s uterus.

Fox News noted that the vice president also railed against laws aimed at protecting children in the womb, such as South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham's bill to ban abortion at 15 weeks.

"Republicans in Congress are now calling for a nationwide abortion ban," Harris told her listeners. "Some even from the moment of conception, the right of every woman in every state in this country to make decisions about her own body is on the line. And I've said it before, and I will say it again. How dare they!"

" A free people [claim] their rights, as derived from the laws of nature."
Thomas Jefferson
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