Kamala Harris in Philadelphia: Vice President comes to Philly to discuss abortion rights

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Vice President Kamala Harris met with Pennsylvania lawmakers Saturday to discuss reproductive rights in the Commonwealth following the ouster of Roe V. Wade.

Harris met with 40 local and state legislators at the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters in the Spring Garden area of ​​Philadelphia. There she said that protecting abortion rights was a top priority in the next elections.

“There’s so much at stake for Pennsylvania,” Harris said. She and lawmakers debated where the reproductive health issue stands both locally and nationally after the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade had picked up.

“That alone is so deeply damaging to our nation, which prides itself on being a defender of liberty,” Harris said.

At the federal level, House Democrats passed two laws on Friday that would codify Roe V. Wade and protect women who travel across state lines for abortions. These bills are likely to fail in the Senate.

“Everyone around this table stands ready to restore our human rights, our rights to protection and to strengthen the rights of women and girls to privacy, abortion treatment and contraception,” said Rep. Mary Gary Scanlon.

Meanwhile, Republicans in Pennsylvania last week introduced a proposed constitutional amendment that would say abortion is not a right. This amendment could be on the ballot as early as next year.

Senate Republicans issued a statement in response to the meeting and the proposed change.

“It’s important for Pennsylvanians to have conversations about issues like abortion because people should decide what’s best for them, not the courts. It is equally important to be informed about the issue and not to be misled by political wrangling. There is no abortion ban in Pennsylvania because there is no right to abortion in our state’s constitution. The people of Pennsylvania have already decided through the legislative process that abortion is legal for up to 24 weeks. Pennsylvanians, and the people of Pennsylvania, will not now have to let the courts decide whether taxpayers should be responsible for paying for abortions,” said Erica Clayton Wright, spokeswoman for the Senate Republican faction.

Abortions are still legal in Pennsylvania. Legislators who have joined Vice President Harris vow to protect that right for citizens “who should have the right to make the most intimate decision that can be made,” Harris said.

Vice President Harris will hold a similar event Monday in Atlantic City where she will speak to New Jersey lawmakers about reproductive rights.

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