Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday known as for Roe v. Wade — the landmark 1973 Supreme Court resolution affirming that girls have a constitutional proper to an abortion — to change into law.
“We need to codify Roe v. Wade,” Harris told reporters on the White House, the place she met with abortion suppliers and activists.
Her feedback got here after the Justice Department earlier Thursday sued Texas over the state’s new anti-abortion law, arguing that it was enacted “in open defiance of the Constitution.”
“Today the DOJ has spoken loudly in saying that this law is patently unconstitutional,” Harris mentioned in the course of the meeting.
The laws, generally known as Senate Bill 8 or SB8, bans abortion after cardiac exercise is detected, round six weeks, and leaves enforcement as much as personal residents, utilizing civil lawsuits as a substitute of prison prosecution. It authorizes cost of $10,000 or extra to anybody who efficiently accuses an individual in courtroom of performing or aiding an abortion.
Harris, the previous California Attorney General, slammed the law as “essentially an abortion bounty law” and criticized the Supreme Court for failing to grant an emergency attraction from abortion suppliers that sought to dam the laws earlier this month.
“The Supreme Court has allowed a state law to stand that deputizes citizens, anyone, to proclaim themselves in a position to have a right under law to interfere with those choices that that woman has made,” she mentioned.
Harris famous that Texas wasn’t the one state to curb the process, saying that 22 to this point “have laws that could be used to restrict the legal status of abortion.”
“Ninety provisions that restrict access to reproductive health care were passed in 2021,” she mentioned. “Some states like Kentucky and Mississippi have only one abortion clinic.”
She vowed that the Biden administration would combat to guard the constitutional proper to an abortion.
“The right of women to make decisions about their own bodies is not negotiable,” she mentioned.
“No legislative institution has the right to circumvent the constitution of the United States in an attempt to interfere with a woman to make those decisions.”