Vice President Kamala Harris visited “Face the Nation” on Sunday and discussed foreign policy, the Biden-Harris re-election campaign and the politically sensitive issue of abortion. When moderator Margaret Brennan asked about Republicans’ claims that Democrats would allow abortions until a woman is ready to give birth, Harris responded that such a statement “is ridiculous… and a mischaracterization.”
Harris added: “Every day in our country, women suffer in silence because of the laws that are passed that take away their ability to make these important decisions.” Laws that are passed make no exceptions, not even for rape or incest. “
In the same conversation, the vice president avoided a question about exactly when in a pregnancy she believes access to abortion should be restricted. Instead, she said, “We must restore the protections of Roe v. Wade.” We’re not trying to do anything new…from day one, the president was clear, I was very clear. We must protect the protections that Roe v. Wade offers to put it back into law.”
On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court decriminalized abortion nationwide through the Roe v. Calf. The ruling did not spell out a point in the pregnancy at which abortion would no longer be permitted, but reiterated that the decision to terminate the pregnancy should rest with the pregnant person, not the government. Roe vs. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court in June 2022 through its ruling on Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
Harris also told Brennan that Congress has the “power and ability” to “reinstate” the protections provided by Roe v. Wade. As to whether or not a specific time frame needs to be set in a potential bill that President Joe Biden could sign, Harris said: “We’re not trying to do something that didn’t exist before June of last year.”
At this point, Brennan interjected: “It hasn’t been signed into law, and that’s why I’m asking you about the details, because Republicans say there’s no exact date for repeal – you know that,” they say the Democrats to carry out abortions until birth – “
“Which is ridiculous…and it’s a mischaracterization–” Harris said, before Brennan asked, “Do you think we need to be more specific?”
The vice president replied: “I am precise. We must legislate the protections of Roe v. Wade, and that is about getting back to where we were before the Dobbs decision.”
She continued: “This is a very real problem. Our daughter, in her 20s, will have fewer rights than my mother-in-law, who is in her 80s. There are women… I will be very clear about what is happening in our country because I am meeting with the people who are affected by it.”
Harris concluded by becoming more specific, saying: “Women have miscarriages on the toilet. People who survive rape or incest are told that they do not have the right to decide what happens next to their body after surviving a crime that constitutes a violation of their body.”
For Harris, the possibility of changing things is that members of Congress “would agree, regardless of their personal feelings about themselves or their families, that the women of America should be trusted to make decisions about their lives and their bodies.”
What’s more entertaining is that Harris surprised and delighted many more than she did held a celebration of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary this weekend at the Vice President’s Residence. Harris invited Common, Jeezy, MC Lyte and more to the event.
She told the crowd, “Hip-hop culture is American culture…It has always channeled the voices of the people. It tells the stories that don’t make the news.”
Harris’ words weren’t the only part of the event that excited people. As one person pointed out on Twitter, her outfit appeared to be inspired by wrestler Razor Ramon (Scott Hall). The person tweeted, “Kamala Harris in a razor-inspired fit,” and shared a photo of the ensemble.
Harris was also caught dancing another video widely shared on social media.