Harris assails Texas abortion legislation as ‘patently unconstitutional’
Vice President Kamala Harris condemned the Texas abortion legislation as “patently unconstitutional” on Thursday and referred to as for the Supreme Court docket’s Roe v. Wade choice to be codified into legislation.
Harris excoriated the Supreme Court docket for not blocking the Texas Heartbeat Act, or S.B. 8, which she described as “primarily an abortion bounty legislation.” The legislation, which Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed in Might, forbids aborting a child after a heartbeat could be detected.
The invoice additionally permits for funds of as much as $10,000 or extra to anybody who prevails in court docket after accusing somebody of performing or aiding an unlawful abortion.
Talking with the press earlier than a closed roundtable dialogue with abortion activists and suppliers on the White Home, Harris emphasised the Biden administration’s assist for abortion.
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE SUES TEXAS OVER ABORTION LAW: ‘CLEARLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL’
“The president and I are unequivocal in our assist of Roe v. Wade, and the constitutionality of Roe v. Wade, and the proper of ladies to make choices for themselves with whomever they select about their very own our bodies,” Harris mentioned.
Referencing the 1973 Supreme Court docket choice that discovered abortion was legally protected within the U.S. Structure, Harris later mentioned, “We have to codify Roe v. Wade.”
After twice asserting that girls have the proper to make choices about their very own our bodies, Harris continued, “No legislative establishment has the proper to avoid the structure of the US in an try to intervene with, a lot much less to forestall, a lady to make these choices.”
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Harris additionally singled out Mississippi and New Mexico for his or her abortion restrictions and mentioned her roundtable would talk about abortion legal guidelines nationwide. “We will discuss the US and what we should do collectively, all of us, to guard the ladies of our nation and defend their constitutional rights,” she mentioned.
Pivoting to the Texas legislation, Harris mentioned, “Right now, nevertheless, the US Division of Justice has spoken loudly in saying that this legislation is patently unconstitutional.”
Harris added that the administration is setting its sights on 22 different states that she claims unconstitutionally prohibit abortion.