Vice President Kamala Harris spoke at the 113th NAACP National Convention, where she compared the return of abortion rights to the states, to slavery experienced by blacks during America’s early years. Harris said that there were steps that needed to be made so that women had control of their own bodies, and said that the country had a history of controlling bodies.
“We must also take steps to protect other fundamental freedoms, including the freedom for a woman to make decisions about her own body,” she said to applause.
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“And, you know, on this subject, it’s important to note that to support a woman’s ability — not her government, but her — to make that decision does not require anyone to abandon their faith or their beliefs. It just requires us to agree the government shouldn’t be making that decision for her,” she continued.
She then name-dropped Thurgood Marshall, as she was speaking at an NAACP event, and said that the highest court had taken away rights of women from America.
“And think about it: For the first time in generations, the United States Supreme Court — the highest court of our land; the former court of Thurgood Marshall — took away a constitutional right, that had been recognized, from the people of America, from the women of America,” she said.
“We know, NAACP, that our country has a history of claiming ownership over human bodies,” she said to applause. “And today, extremists, so-called leaders are criminalizing doctors and punishing women for making healthcare decisions for themselves — personal decisions that it is her right to make in consultation with her doctor, her pastor, her priest, her rabbi, her loved ones, not her government telling her what to do.”
“And these so-called leaders — so-called — claim that, ‘Well, you know, we just think that this is a decision that should be made by the folks in the states. People in the states can vote on this.’ Right? But at this moment, many of those same so-called leaders are the same ones who are passing laws to restrict the ability of people to vote.
“Laws — they’re passing laws, the same people — laws that ban drop boxes and restrict early voting; laws that make it illegal to give people food and water for waiting in line to vote. Undemocratic laws. Un-American laws,” the Vice President continued.
“You know, I asked my team to — you know, I — remember Venn diagrams? Those three circles. Right? And then let’s just see where they overlap. So I asked my team — I said, you know, “Do a Venn diagram on two circles for me and, in particular, the overlap of states that are attacking the freedom to vote and attacking women’s freedoms over their own bodies. There are 10 states that are doing both,” she said.