Vice President Kamala Harris evoked the dark past of slavery in America on Saturday while commenting on the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Appearing at the Essence Festival in New Orleans — the festival was celebrating “black joy” in a city that’s fast becoming the murder capital of America — Harris called the ruling “problematic on so many levels” and suggested it was comparable to when the government tried to claim “ownership over human bodies.”
The Supreme Court voted to uphold a Mississippi law banning abortion at 15 weeks in Dobbs v. Jackson’s Women Health Organization and overturned Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which established abortion as a constitutional right.
“The Supreme Court, with the Dobbs decision, for the first time in the history of our nation, took a constitutional right that had been recognized and took it from the women of America. Took a constitutional right,” Harris said, which is playing loose with the facts. “And what is so outrageous about this on every level is: One, it is the taking of a right that was given and guaranteed and something that we took for granted to be settled law.”
The remarks on the Supreme Court begin around the 13-minute mark in the video below:
After engaging in a little fearmongering about contraception and same-sex marriage now being at risk, Harris had the audacity to complain in the pandemic era about the government telling a person what to do with their body — which she described as “intimate decisions that people should be able to make — about what I call ‘heart and home’ — without government interference.”
“What essentially has happened is the statement has been made that the government has a right to come in your home and tell you, as a woman and as a family, what you should do with your body,” she said.
Her remark prompted a thoughtful “Oh my gosh” from host Keke Palmer.
“We have to recognize we’re a nation that was founded on certain principles that are grounded in the concept of freedom and liberty,” the vice president continued. “We also know that we’ve had a history in this country of government trying to claim ownership over human bodies.
“And we had supposedly evolved from that time and that way of thinking. So this is very problematic on so many levels.”
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