Kamala Harris slams Texas abortion ban: ‘Women’s rights over their bodies are ‘non-negotiable’

Vice President Kamala Harris slammed Texas’ new law banning abortions after six weeks as she met with patients and providers, saying women’s right to make decisions about their bodies was ‘non-negotiable’ .

Harris met with abortion patients and providers in Texas, Mississippi, Kentucky and New Mexico on Thursday to discuss the new abortion law Texas implemented — the same day the state announced been prosecuted by the Department of Justice.

The law prohibits abortions after six weeks – a period during which women may not even know they are pregnant.

“Women’s right to make decisions about their own bodies is non-negotiable,” Harris said during the discussion.

“Women’s right to make decisions about their own bodies is their decision. It is their body.

The law, which took effect on September 1, sparked outrage and the state was criticized for its “unconstitutional” approach to managing women’s bodies.

The law allows people who sue to receive bounties of at least $10,000 and makes no exceptions for rape or incest, although there are very narrowly defined exemptions for the health of the mother. .

In a statement last week, Harris said, “We will not sit idly by and allow our nation to return to the days of backstreet abortions,” Harris said in a statement last week.

“We will not respect cash incentives for virtual vigilantes and patient intimidation. We will use all the levers of our administration to defend the right to safe and legal abortion and to strengthen this right.

Vice President Kamala Harris has slammed Texas’ new law banning abortions after six weeks for ’empowering vigilantes’ by offering $10,000 to individuals to sue anyone ‘aiding or abetting’ the procedures

Vice President Kamala Harris held a press conference at the White House for abortion patients and providers to discuss the new Texas abortion law

Vice President Kamala Harris held a press conference at the White House for abortion patients and providers to discuss the new Texas abortion law

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has been approached asking why the state would “force” victims of heinous sex crimes like rape and incest to give birth.

“It doesn’t require it at all, because obviously it gives a person at least six weeks to be able to get an abortion,” Abbott replied.

“Having said that, however, let’s be very clear: rape is a crime, and Texas will work tirelessly to ensure that we remove all rapists from the streets of Texas.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott defended including in the law a ban on women having abortions after the six-week period, even in cases of rape and incest

Texas Governor Greg Abbott defended including in the law a ban on women having abortions after the six-week period, even in cases of rape and incest

White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded Wednesday: “If Governor Abbott has a way to eliminate all rapists or all rapists from the United States, then there would be bipartisan support for it. ”

“But given that there has never been in the history of the country, in the world, a leader who has ever been able to eliminate rape, to eliminate rapists from our streets, it is still more imperatively, it is one of the many reasons I should say, not the only reason, why women in Texas have access to health care.

President Joe Biden released his own searing statement last week in response to the law. “This law is so extreme that it doesn’t even allow exceptions for rape or incest,” he wrote.

He said he would ask government lawyers “to launch a whole-of-government effort to respond to this ruling” and “to ensure that women in Texas have access to safe and legal abortions, protected by Roe.” [v. Wade]and what legal tools we have to protect women and providers from the impact of Texas’ bizarre system of outsourcing enforcement to private parties.

President Joe Biden backed Harris' claims and launched an effort to support women's body rights

President Joe Biden backed Harris’ claims and launched an effort to support women’s body rights

The Justice Department filed a lawsuit on Thursday, calling the law “unconstitutional” because it violated basic human rights.

The lawsuit read: “It is established constitutional law that a state cannot prohibit a woman from making the ultimate decision to terminate her pregnancy before she is viable. But Texas did just that.

Attorney General Merrick Gatland enforced a new federal law called the FACE Act, which prohibits the use of violence against abortion patients and providers

Attorney General Merrick Gatland enforced a new federal law called the FACE Act, which prohibits the use of violence against abortion patients and providers

The new law, also known as SB8, was also criticized by Attorney General Merrick Garland who enforced his own federal law called The Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act.

The FACE law prohibits the use of force and physical obstruction to prevent a person from obtaining or providing reproductive health services.

“The department will provide federal law enforcement support when an abortion clinic or reproductive health center is attacked,” Garland said.

“We will not tolerate violence against those seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services, physical obstruction, or property damage in violation of the FACE law.”

The Supreme Court declined to block Texas’ new law in a 5-4 decision, leaving room for other states to create their own abortion bans.

The ruling could also potentially overturn the 1973 Roe vs. Wade law that legalized abortion, which Harris said was due to be codified on Thursday.

“The President and I are unequivocal in our support of Roe v. Wade and the constitutionality of Roe v. Wade and the right of women to make decisions for themselves with whom they choose regarding their own bodies,” added Harris at the press conference.

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