Statement by Vice President Kamala Harris on Americans’ Continued Rebuke of Attacks on Reproductive Rights
This week’s election in Wisconsin reaffirmed what we already know to be true: the majority of Americans believe and agree that every woman, not her government, should have the freedom to make decisions about her own body. After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, voters have rejected measures to take away reproductive rights and supported measures to strengthen them every time the measures were on the ballot. We saw that last year in states across our nation, including in Kansas, California, Michigan, Montana, Kentucky, and Vermont. Similarly, we saw Americans standing up for reproductive freedom this week in Wisconsin.
Since the Dobbs decision, extremist elected officials continue to undermine and attack reproductive freedom. They have pushed for a wide range of radical policies, from banning abortion in all 50 states, to criminalizing doctors and nurses, to threatening access to safe and effective FDA-approved medication.
The consequences of these abortion bans and extreme laws have been heart-wrenching. Women’s lives have been put at risk, as care is denied because providers fear prosecution for doing their job. Women have been turned away from emergency rooms and denied treatments and care that are essential to preserve their health and life.
President Biden and I will continue to stand with the women of America, and against these attacks on their freedom and health care. As voters in Wisconsin showed, this fight continues. And we will not rest until Congress passes a law to protect freedom and liberty.