U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris joined many pro-choice voices in condemning the conservative-majority Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the 1973 abortion rights ruling Roe v. Wade. In his closing remarks, Harris said voters would have the final say on reinstating the landmark decision.
In his words Speaking at a conference in Illinois on Friday last week after the High Court released the ruling the same day, Harris said the public would have the final say on whether the ruling, which legalized the abortion in 1973, would be reinstated.
The court voted 6 to 3 to uphold the ban in Mississippi that bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy while also overturning Roe v. Wade.
“Millions of women in America will go to bed tonight without access to the health care and reproductive care they had this morning,” Harris said. “Without access to the same health care or reproductive health care that their mothers and grandmothers had for 50 years.”
“It’s not over,” Harris said. “You have the power to elect leaders who will defend and protect your rights.”
President Joe Biden also warned that by overturning Roe v. Wade said women’s health is now at risk and promised that his administration would do everything possible to challenge the decision by protecting and ensuring women’s access to abortion drugs provided by the Food and Drug Administration.
Biden said Congress was able to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law. Biden also called on the public to elect more pro-choice officials in the upcoming midterm elections in November.
Before the publication of the decision by the court, Harris met Democratic state attorneys general in Washington to discuss their role in protecting women’s health and women’s bodily autonomy.
During the meeting, they discussed their powers in advocating for women’s reproductive rights, while the attorneys general also discussed their efforts so far to protect access to reproductive health care in their states.
The meeting followed previous meetings Harris had with health care providers, religious leaders and experts in constitutional law, privacy and technology in anticipation of the court’s decision.