VP Kamala Harris: Inside 12 Weeks, Abortion Opponents Have Gone From “Go away It To The States” To Proposing A Nationwide Ban
Vice President Kamala Harris sat down with VICE Information to debate the state of abortion entry, democracy and immigration forward of the midterm elections:
VICE PRESIDENT KAMALA HARRIS: Individuals are afraid, individuals are actually afraid. Individuals are afraid as a result of those that would possibly get pregnant are afraid of legal guidelines which may criminalize them and punish them. Individuals are afraid due to the truth that a constitutional proper to privateness that had been acknowledged has been taken away. There are a variety of constitutional rights that circulate from the best to privateness that due to this fact are in danger, together with the best to contraception, the best to marry the one that you like. Individuals are afraid as a result of they’re simply attempting to determine how this might occur when there may be a lot that all of us thought was settled. Like Roe, a lady’s proper to make selections about her personal physique. Voting, all of us thought that was settled, and it causes folks to be involved that what else am I taing without any consideration that I am unable to, by way of the problems that had been resolved and settled. Lots of people are being impacted in direct and oblique methods.
I’m the daughter of a mom who devoted her life to 2 issues — elevating her daughters and ending breast most cancers. My mom was a most cancers researcher, and so from my earliest moments that I might on the dinner desk, the dialog about ladies’s well being was a difficulty that was the topic of ardour and precedence. All the things about this problem is a matter of girls’s well being, entry to healthcare, about ladies having dignity within the healthcare system. These had been the problems I used to be raised listening to about and speaking about, even.
Proper now we’re taking a look at a state of affairs the place the ladies of America can’t decide with their family members, with whomever they select however as an alternative their authorities making a call about when you will begin a household and whether or not you will change into pregnant. It’s on so many ranges opposite to all the pieces I used to be raised to imagine we must always do as a system and in addition permitting folks dignity in a system. One of many best sources of dignity comes with a person’s means to make selections about their very own life primarily based on their priorities, not the federal government or anybody else’s priorities.
[Lindsey Graham’s national 15-week abortion ban] can be disastrous. That is the quick reply. Let’s additionally put what they’re proposing in context.
When the Dobbs determination got here down, the proponents of that call mentioned [they] simply need to go away it to the states. Inside about 12 weeks now, they need a nationwide ban, which implies they’re shifting the goalposts, proper? They’re now saying there needs to be a nationwide ban, a blanket ban in all states. I believe folks ought to pay shut consideration to the truth that there may be there may be an agenda at play that basically is about taking away the person proper to make non-public selections for themselves. One other method I give it some thought is making selections for coronary heart and residential.