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Kamala likens the end of Roe v. Wade to SLAVERY by saying the US has ‘history of a government trying to claim ownership over human bodies’
- Vice President Kamala Harris made the comments at the Essence Festival Saturday
- She said the Supreme Court ruling was an example of the US government “trying to claim ownership over human bodies”
- The VP’s comments came eight days after the quashing of the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, which had guaranteed access to abortion nationwide for nearly 50 years.
Vice President Kamala Harris likened the end of Roe v. Wade to slavery, saying the Supreme Court ruling was an example of the United States government “trying to claim ownership of human bodies.”
Harris made the comparison during a speech at the Essence Festival in New Orleans on Saturday.
“We must recognize that we are a nation based on certain principles based on the concept of liberty and liberty,” she told the crowd.
“We also know that in this country we have tried to claim ownership of human bodies in the past. And we had supposedly evolved from that time and way of thinking. So this is very problematic on so many levels.’
While she didn’t explicitly refer to the horrors of slavery, it is widely believed that Harris was referring to the grim past of buying and selling black people in the United States.
Vice President Kamala Harris likened the end of Roe v. Wade to slavery, saying the Court’s ruling was an example of US ‘trying to claim ownership of human bodies’
Her comments were made eight days after the highest court overturned the landmark 1973 ruling that guaranteed access to abortion across the country for nearly 50 years.
At least 26 states will now enact partial or full abortion bans, with Democrat-run areas offering to act as “refugees” for women from states banned from coming and getting free termination.
On June 24, the Supreme Court voted 6-3 to quash a landmark ruling that has been upheld for nearly half a century. allowing abortions during the first two trimesters of pregnancy in the United States.
Now states have the power to ban or restrict abortions.
Some states have already begun plans to do so, including Florida, Indiana, Montana, Nebraska, Georgia, Iowa and South Carolina, while other state officials are trying to restore the right to the proceedings.
“This is serious business,” Harris told the crowd at the festival, during a fireside conversation with actress Keke Palmer.
“And it requires all of us to speak out, speak out and be active,” she added.
The VP spoke out last Friday against the court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization in a speech after the ruling was announced.
Thirteen states passed trigger laws to restrict or ban abortion in case Roe v. Wade was quashed
NEW YORK: On July 2, pro-abortion protesters demonstrate in Manhattan
LOS ANGELES: In Los Angeles, a protester covers herself in red paint and expresses her outrage at the Supreme Court’s abortion ban
“Millions of women in America will go to bed tonight without access to the health care and reproductive care they had this morning,” Harris told the crowd.
“Without access to the same health care or reproductive health care that their mothers and grandmothers had for fifty years.”
“So today’s decision on that theory calls into question other rights that we thought were settled,” she added, pointing to interracial and same-sex marriage.