Kamala Harris conveniently omitted the right to “life” part of the Declaration of Independence in her remarks pushing the government’s new plan to fight abortion rights.
The vice president attacked Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis from the ground in Tallahassee on Thursday with remarks announcing new statewide safeguards on access to abortion pills and condemning the Sunshine State’s new abortion laws.
Harris was dispatched to Florida by the White House to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade, which was overturned by the Supreme Court in June.
“We’re here today because together we believe and know that America is a promise — it’s a promise of liberty and liberty,” Harris said during an 18-minute speech Sunday.
“Not for some, but for all,” she insisted. “A promise we made in the Declaration of Independence that we all have the right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Vice President Kamala Harris said during a speech marking the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade promised all Americans “liberty and the pursuit of happiness” but failed to mention the third right to “life.”
Before Harris’ arrival in Tallahassee, Fla., on Sunday, a mural reading “How Dare They” was installed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Roe B.C. Wade and the Supreme Court ruling in June that overturned that landmark abortion right decision
However, the vice president did not directly quote the entire iconic portion of the US statement, which reads: “We hold these truths for granted, that all human beings are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, including life.” ‘Freedom and the pursuit of happiness.’
It’s no coincidence that Harris left out the right to “life” in statements urging a woman’s right to choose whether to carry her baby.
The March for Life rallied thousands of anti-abortion advocates in Washington, DC on Saturday with celebrations for the first rally since the overthrow of Roe v. Calf. The protesters held up signs to proclaim their status as part of the “post-Roe generation”.
President Joe Biden earlier Sunday attacked Republicans and the conservative Supreme Court 6-3 when he issued a presidential memorandum protecting access to the abortion pill.
Harris made the new policy official with her announcement in Tallahassee later that afternoon.
The Supreme Court reversed the landmark Roe v. Wade of 1973 and entered judgment in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which removed federal protection for abortion and returned rights to the states.
“Instead of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Committing Wade, we recognize today that the Supreme Court deprived the American people of a constitutional right over the past year,” Biden wrote in a statement Sunday.
Harris, who donned an all-green pantsuit, slammed Florida during her remarks from the Sunshine State capital for imposing a 15-week ban on abortion with the only exception of saving the mother’s life
Several states enacted new laws immediately after the Supreme Court decision in June restricting abortion rights — some states more radically than others.
In Florida, before the Supreme Court’s decision, Gov. DeSantis signed legislation making abortion illegal in the state after 15 weeks. Exceptions exist only if the procedure is necessary to save the life of the pregnant woman or to prevent serious injury to the fetus.
However, it does not allow exceptions in cases where pregnancies were caused by rape, incest or human trafficking.
Harris brought up this new law during her speech, which drew sharp boos from the crowd gathered in Florida’s capital.
“Here in Florida, healthcare providers face up to five years in prison just for doing their job,” the vice president said. “And now the state has also targeted medical abortions — even threatening pharmacists in Florida.”
“The government shouldn’t be telling people what to do with their own bodies,” Harris said.
President Joe Biden on Sunday issued a presidential memorandum protecting nationwide access to the abortion pill
The Supreme Court ruled against Roe v. Wade, who lifted federal protections against abortion and sent the matter back to the states. Pictured: Protesters with the March for Life rally in Washington, DC on Saturday for the first event since Roe v. calf
Florida Republicans have often pointed out what they call federal hypocrisy on the “my body, my choice” issue.
While pro-choice advocates push for women to have control over whether or not they carry a pregnancy to term, they are also often the same people pushing for mandatory COVID-19 vaccines or immunization requirements as a condition of employment.
Harris announced the government’s new plan to “ensure safe access to medical abortion.”
The presidential memo issued by Biden made specific reference to the drug mifepristone, a pill used to induce a medical abortion or force a miscarriage. When combined with misoprostol, the drug is 97 percent effective during the first 63 days of pregnancy and may also be effective in the second trimester.
“Democrats proudly hail a barbaric policy to allow unrestricted abortions – including infanticide. That’s all everyone needs to know,” the Florida Republican Party wrote in a statement accompanying Harris’ upcoming remarks.
The 50th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade has provoked a wave of reactions from both sides of the abortion argument.
Demonstrators at the March for Life in Washington, DC on Saturday marked the first time the gathering has been held in the post-Roe countryside. Thousands of pro-life protesters celebrated the Supreme Court decision.
Meanwhile, abortion groups and activists have denounced the decision, calling it a massive step backwards in the fight for women’s rights.
“Even though their agenda is unpopular and dangerous, Republicans are running against themselves to take American liberties — and they’re not stopping,” the Democratic National Party wrote in a 50th-anniversary statement.
Biden released a statement Sunday morning blasting Republicans and the Supreme Court for deciding to overturn the landmark Roe v. Repeal Wade from 1973
Government announcements on Sunday announced they would protect access to the abortion pill mifepristone “regardless of where they live”.
The president, in his statement Sunday morning, again called on Congress to legislate on abortion protections — an achievement now even less likely with the GOP majority in the House.
“Since the Supreme Court’s decision, Americans have consistently made themselves heard: Women should be able to make these deeply personal decisions free from political interference,” Biden said.
“Despite this, Republicans in Congress and across the country continue to push for a national ban on abortion, criminalize doctors and nurses, and make access to contraception difficult. It’s dangerous, extreme and non-contact,” he added. “I will continue to fight to protect a woman’s right to choose.”
“Congress must protect Roe v. Restoring Wade to federal law is the only way we can fully secure a woman’s right to vote in every state.”
One tactic Democrats want to use now that states can seemingly limit abortion rights without scrutiny is to ensure all women have access to the abortion pill.
“Since the day of the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, President Biden has emphasized the need to protect access to mifepristone, a drug used in medical abortions and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for was approved for over 20 years and accounts for the majority of all abortions in the United States,” a White House fact sheet said.
The President’s memorandum announced that the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), along with the Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS), will consider new guidance to support patients and providers and pharmacies that legally prescribe or Want to give access to mifepristone.
This protection would apply to all women “regardless of where they live”.
The second part of the memo aims to ensure that those seeking the abortion pill can access it “free of threats or violence.”
“The President has long made it clear that people should have access to reproductive care free from harassment, threats or violence,” the White House fact sheet said. “Pharmacies should not be treated any differently.”