During a speech given on Sunday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris stated that abortion rights are under attack throughout the United States. Roe v. Wade was a decision made by the Supreme Court that had established a right to abortion until it was overturned last year.
According to the statements made by Harris, “the right of every woman in every state in the country to make decisions about her own body is in jeopardy.” “The Republican members of Congress are currently pushing for a nationwide ban on abortion from the moment of conception onward. They have no shame.”
Officials from the White House stated last week that there have been 60 anti-abortion legislation submitted in the 2023 congressional session, and that there are presently over 26 million women living in states that have prohibited abortion.
“A majority of Americans oppose these attacks,” Harris said, adding that voters in states including Kansas, California, Michigan, Montana, Kentucky, and Vermont upheld abortion rights in ballot propositions. “A majority of Americans oppose these attacks,” Harris added.
During her speech in Tallahassee, Florida, Harris also spoke in favor of federal legislation to safeguard reproductive rights, which can be found here. Despite having control of both chambers of Congress one year ago, Democrats were unable to pass any legislation. It is quite improbable that Republicans, who currently have a slim majority in the House of Representatives, will offer their support for the measure.
After some state officials took steps to try to restrict women from legally getting medication abortion, Vice President Joe Biden issued a proclamation on Sunday to safeguard access to abortion via medication in response to the situation.
This month, the Food and Drug Administration announced that abortion drugs would soon be available at a greater number of pharmacies and could even be ordered online. Abortion opponents have filed a lawsuit in an effort to overturn the FDA’s approval of the medications, and that case is currently being heard in a federal court in the state of Texas.
According to officials from the White House, Harris chose to give her speech in Florida because of the state’s decision from the previous year to enact a ban on abortions that did not provide exceptions for rape or incest. Ron DeSantis, the Republican governor of Florida, is rumored to be considering a run for the presidency in 2024.
Concerns about the erosion of women’s access to abortion services are being blamed by Democrats and even some Republicans for the poor showing that the Republican Party had in the midterm elections of 2018. Abortion is seen by Biden’s political party as an issue that may be used to the party’s advantage in the elections that will take place in 2024 for control of the White House as well as both chambers of Congress.
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