Vice President Kamala Harris announces the kick off of her Fight for Reproductive Freedoms tour.
Kamala Harris is going across the United States to advocate for reproductive rights. The vice president has announced the commencement of her Fight For Reproductive Freedoms Tour.
With her first stop in Wisconsin, Harris’ stop date is also significant to the history of reproductive rights in the country. Beginning the tour on Jan. 22, the 51st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a case that legalized abortion rights across America, Harris took to social media to voice that the Biden administration will “never stop fighting” for a woman’s right to bodily autonomy.
“So Today is the 51st of Roe v. Wade,” the former California Senator said. “The Supreme Court took a fundamental right for the people of America, from the women of America, a right to make decisions about their own bodies.”
Harris continued, making note of the legislation enforced by conservative lawmakers that prohibited women from terminating pregnancies, even under extraneous circumstances.
“And here’s the deal: after the court took away the protections of Roe, extremists around our country proposed and passed laws that would punish women, that would criminalize doctors. There are laws on the books now that provide for prison for life, for doctors who provide the kind of healthcare that people need. And so let’s understand what’s happening. Let’s see what’s happening in terms of these extremists who are passing laws that make no exception, even for rape or incest. Let’s fight to put back into law the protections that Roe gave us.”
I am back in Wisconsin today to kick off my Fight For Reproductive Freedoms Tour on the 51st anniversary of Roe.I am traveling our nation to make clear: @POTUS and I will never stop fighting to protect a woman’s ability to make decisions about her own body. pic.twitter.com/NJGN91knij— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) January 22, 2024
According to NPR, Harris’ visit to the Midwestern state will include her holding former President Donald Trump accountable for encouraging these new restrictions. Wisconsin had one of the most staunch responses to the overturning of Roe v. Wade, essentially banning all abortion methods in a law initially written in the 19th century.
Harris will hold four additional stops in her tour, across states with varied stances on abortion, including those that currently have protections in place, to ones like Wisconsin with strict legislation.
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Source: Black Enterprise