The Supreme Court is poised to ban abortion, and VP has concerns about government intervention in private matters
Kamala Harris, Vice President of Kamala Harris has warned that the government could infringe upon personal liberties after finding no fault with Covid-19 vaccine orders. This warning comes after Kamala Harris spent a whole year warning about the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn constitutional protection for abortion rights.
“At its core, this is about our future as a nation, about whether we live in a country where the government can interfere in personal decisions,”Harris made these remarks during Thursday’s videoconference call with abortionists and pro-abortion advocates. “This is about our future.”
The Supreme Court is expected to strike down Roe V Wade. This 1973 landmark ruling, which protected abortion rights under the Constitution, was in dispute. A draft of the court’s 5-3 decision striking down Roe v Wade and leaving the abortion issue for states to decide was leaked to the media earlier this month. It is likely that the ruling will be published informally by late June or even early July.
It is an important moment in the history of reproductive rights. Today I will be meeting with leading abortion advocates and providers of abortion. Tune in. https://t.co/htVSC6PT5P
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) May 19, 2022
The vice president’s virtual meeting with abortion providers came on the same day that lawmakers in Oklahoma passed a bill banning abortion from the moment of “fertilization.”Governor Kevin Stitt has pledged that he will sign and enact all anti-abortion legislation. He did this when he passed a bill making it a felony to kill a woman’s life.
“Think about that for a second, from the moment of fertilization,” Harris said. “It’s outrageous, and it’s just the latest in a series of extreme laws around the country.”Elle added that these laws were intended to “punish and control women.”
Harris said that Harris is right to argue that the Supreme Court’s decision threatens all Americans and not just women because Roe V Wade was originally based upon the conclusion that prohibiting abortion would violate privacy rights.
“The right to privacy that forms the basis of Roe is the same right to privacy that protects the right to use contraception and the right to marry the person you love, including a person of the same sex,”She said. “Overturning Roe opens the door to restricting those rights.”
This would directly violate the right of self-determination and freedom to love, live, and die without government interference
However, another landmark ruling in an abortion case – Planned Parenthood v Casey in 1992 – found that terminating a pregnancy is a unique act, unlike other privacy rights, because it involves consequences for others, including the life that is terminated. The 5-4 ruling in the Casey case upheld abortion as constitutionally protected, but it opened the door for states to impose restrictions, as long as they didn’t impose an “undue burden”On people who are seeking an abortion.
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“Kamala Harris just repeated the lie that reversing Roe would threaten rights to contraception and marriage,”The Rev. Frank PavoneA Catholic priest, and an anti-abortion activist.