Vice President Kamala Harris attacked the Supreme Court for overturning Roe v. Wade on Saturday, claiming that the decision was “problematic on so many levels.”
During an appearance at the Essence Festival of Culture in New Orleans, the vice president attempted to equate the issue of so-called “abortion rights” with slavery, saying that both involved the “government trying to claim ownership over human bodies.”
“We have to recognize we’re a nation that was founded on certain principles that are grounded in the concept of freedom and liberty,” Harris said. “We also know that we’ve had a history in this country of government trying to claim ownership over human bodies.”
Of course, she is completely ignoring the fact that there is a third body involved in the abortion question — the baby’s body — which brings up the only true comparison to slavery possible in this scenario. While Harris is just plain wrong about banning abortion being akin to slavery, the fact that the left continues to deny the personhood of the unborn child sounds familiar. In both the case of slavery and the case of abortion, Democrats refused to acknowledge that a group of individuals are, in fact, people, and therefore deserve rights.
Nevertheless, Harris went on with her remarks, trying to paint the Supreme Court decision as a violation of women’s rights and a step backward for the country.
“We had supposedly evolved from that time and that way of thinking,” she said. “So this is very problematic on so many levels.”
On June 24, the Supreme Court handed down a decision in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization which overturned Roe v. Wade, returning the issue of abortion back to the states. In the case, the court ruled 6-3 to uphold a Mississippi law banning abortion at 15 weeks, though only five justices ruled to overturn Roe. The sixth, Chief Justice John Roberts, issued a concurring opinion stating that he would have ruled to uphold Mississippi’s law without overturning Roe.
In response to the Supreme Court’s ruling, several red states immediately moved to ban or severely restrict abortion. Many of these states already had pre-Roe bans in place, or “trigger laws” on the books set to go into effect if and when the court overturned Roe. The left responded to these laws by filing a flurry of lawsuits in these states in an attempt to stop the laws from taking effect.
“The Supreme Court, with the Dobbs decision, for the first time in the history of our nation took a constitutional right that had been recognized and took it from the women of America — took a constitutional right,” Harris said, despite the fact that the Constitution does not contain any specific references to a right to an “abortion.”
She went on to refer to the Dobbs ruling as “outrageous,” calling on the pro-abortion mob to make their voices heard in the coming weeks.
“This is a serious matter,” Harris said. “It requires all of us to speak up, speak out and to be active.”