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VICE PRESIDENT Kamala Harris said the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, which gives states back the authority to legislate on abortion, is comparable to the history of slavery in the United States.
In a speech delivered at a convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Harris referred to the Supreme Court’s decision, saying that the United States “has a history of claiming ownership over human bodies.”
“And think about it: For the first time in generations, the United States Supreme Court, the highest court of our land (…), took away a constitutional right that had been recognized, from the people of America, from the women of America,” Harris said.
She then referred to pro-life leaders as “extremists” who are “criminalizing doctors” and “punishing women” who terminate pregnancies and said that politicians who believe in state abortion legislation are promoting laws to “restrict” the vote.
Later, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre reaffirmed Harris’ remarks during one of her regular press conferences.
“She is correct,” Jean-Pierre said of Harris’ statements. “Today’s decisions are criminalizing doctors and essentially taking the rights away from women, taking the freedom away from women.”
The Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, contrary to what Harris and Democrats claim, does not ban abortion or punish doctors and women who perform abortions but allows states to set their limits and restrictions on the termination of pregnancy.
Tomás Lugo, journalist and writer. Born in Venezuela and graduated in Social Communication. Has written for international media outlets. Currently living in Colombia // Tomás Lugo, periodista y articulista. Nacido en Venezuela y graduado en Comunicación Social. Ha escrito para medios internacionales. Actualmente reside en Colombia.