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VP Harris: Keep Government Out of Abortion Decision

By    |   Friday, 04 August 2023 11:06 AM EDT

Vice President Kamala Harris answered a question about abortion by saying "the government should not be telling women what to do with their bodies."

Harris, in an interview Thursday with Milwaukee's TMJ4, was told that the Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade last year resulted in Wisconsin relying on "an 1849 abortion ban law."

Before the high court's decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, Wisconsin had a 20-week ban on abortion.

Harris then was asked about her stance regarding the protection of "reproductive rights."

"Let's start with this: And I think it's very important for us to all agree that one does not have to abandon their faith or deeply held beliefs to agree the government should not be telling women what to do with their body," Harris told TMJ4 chief political reporter Charles Benson.

"She should be able to make that decision, if she chooses, with her pastor, her priest, her rabbi, whomever. But the government should not be telling women what to do with their bodies."

Harris continued: "And so, when we look at this issue, and we know that the highest court in our land just took a constitutional right that had been recognized from the women of America, from the people of America, I think we all have to step up and say that we need to have leaders lead by having some level of compassion and understanding that they should trust women to make decisions that are in their best interest and that they, women, are in the best position to know what is in their own best interest. It's that simple."

Asked if her response meant there should be no laws regarding abortion, Harris said: "It's not about saying that — it is about saying that we need to, first of all, codify and put back into place the protections of Roe v. Wade. That is what we are fighting for. And when Congress does that, the president will sign it."

In April, Harris slammed a federal appeals court decision that allowed restrictions to be placed on the abortion-inducing drug mifepristone.

"This lawsuit is the next step to a nationwide abortion ban," Harris said in a statement. "The decision severely limits access to mifepristone, standing between doctors and their patients. President Biden and our administration remain firmly committed to protecting access to medication abortion, as the president and I have made clear since the day of the Supreme Court's decision in Dobbs."

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