The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade is part of a long legacy of the United States “attempting to claim ownership of human bodies,” Vice President Kamala Harris said Saturday during a speech at Essence Fest in New Orleans.
Driving the news: As a result of the ruling, abortion is now illegal in nine states, but at least 26 Republican-led states are expected to ban or severely restrict access to the procedure.
What they say : “The statement was made that the government has the right to come into your home and tell you as a woman and as a family what to do with your body,” Harris told the audience.
- “We have to recognize that we are a nation that was founded on certain principles that are…founded on the concept of liberty and liberty,” she added.
- “We also know that we had a history in this country where the government tried to claim ownership of human bodies, and we had supposedly evolved from that time and that way of thinking.”
- “So it’s very problematic on so many levels, the impact it’s going to have on women without means.”
The bottom line: “This is serious business and it requires all of us to talk and talk and be active,” Harris said.
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