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After the Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade three months ago, US Vice President Kamala Harris cleared her position to the public, with the top official saying that the Court is an “activist court.”
“We had an established right for almost half a century, which is the right of women to make decisions about their own body as an extension of what we have decided to be, the privacy rights to which all people are entitled. And this Court took that constitutional right away, and we are suffering as a nation because of it,” said the Vice President in an interview.
The Vice President commented when the White House was being criticized for the landmark case’s outright ban by the Supreme Court. Harris has been outspoken in her criticism of the SC’s verdict. With the court ruling, women’s federally protected right to an abortion was abolished. Harris claims that the ruling hurt a number of interested parties, particularly women who are now denied the freedom to make their own decisions.
Harris has been touring the country ever since the Supreme Court overturned the 1973 decision, meeting with organizations and groups to discuss the implications of the recent judgment with various stakeholders.
“[It has caused me] great concern about the integrity of the court overall, especially as someone who my life was inspired by people like Thurgood Marshall, the work on that court of Earl Warren,” Harris added.
Harris is against the ban on abortion
Harris constantly voiced her support for abortion rights when she was running for vice president. Additionally, Harris’ drive to bring about change in states that have harsh restrictions against abortion rights was a focus of hers when she was selected for the Democratic presidential nomination three years ago.
“We cannot tolerate a perspective that is about going backward and not understanding women have agency,” Harris said then.
Harris previously revealed to the public her mistrust of certain justices appointed by then-president Donald Trump.
Roe v. Wade overturned
Many people were concerned about potential attacks against the federal right to abortion when the Supreme Court revived the historic case contesting the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. In fact, the decision was overturned by the Supreme Court on a 5-4 vote, sending pro-choice and pro-life activists into a frenzy.
Following the verdict’s announcement, many people protested the SC’s stance on the issue. President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Vice President Kamala Harris were among the officials who objected to the ruling.
“It’s a sad day for the Court and for the country. It was three justices named by one president, Donald Trump, who were the core of today’s decision to upend the scales of justice and eliminate a fundamental right for women in this country. Make no mistake; this decision is a culmination of a deliberate effort over decades to upset the balance of our law,” the president said in a media address.
“The Court has done what it’s never done before, expressly take away a constitutional right that is so fundamental to so many Americans that had already been recognized. The Court’s decision to do so will have real and immediate consequences,” he added.
According to Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House, the decision is “such an insult, a slap in the face to women.”
“There’s no point in saying good morning because it certainly is not one. This morning the radical Supreme Court is eviscerating women’s rights and endangering their health and safety,” she added.
The majority of the Court, however, stuck by their decision and stated: “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.”