The public, especially pro-abortionists, was outraged by the Supreme Court’s decision to reverse the critical Roe v. Wade judgment. However, senior US officials have also taken to the public eye to voice their disagreement and show sympathy with the public. Vice President Kamala Harris is one of them.
Harris has been touring every state since making the decision some months ago to reiterate her views in favor of abortion. In nearly 20 seminars and events, the vice president brought together state lawmakers, medical professionals, activists, religious leaders, civil rights leaders, and attorneys.
Harris pays attention to the participants in their congregation and highlights that the problem will be her main political platform in November.
“Let’s link arms and do what we need to do, including in the next 34 days,” Harris said.
With only about a month left before the American people cast their ballots for their favorite candidate, a poll reveals that a sizable portion of voters takes abortion seriously. For instance, a September poll found that around 77% of Democrats were inclined to vote in the next elections in November while keeping the abortion debate in mind.
A good move in politics
Harris was able to rally support for her cause and get people to pay attention to White House pronouncements about the topic because of her zeal to defend abortion rights.
The senior official has also been visiting several states, including Florida, Indiana, and North Carolina, to meet with stakeholders. Harris will visit more states to do that.
The vice president’s frequent and extensive participation will offer her the power to influence as many individuals as possible, especially those who the SC’s decision may impact.
Democratic political consultant Adrienne Elrod believes that what Harris is doing will benefit her in the upcoming midterm elections in November.
“Her visit to those states will likely lead most of the daily papers in that state, or at least in that area. It makes a lot of sense because this is an issue that will drive turnout and drive a lot of the decisions coming out in the midterm cycle,” she said.
More than politics
People who have seen Harris at the conferences claim that it is not a political tactic for Harris despite the impression that it is.
“I think what is immediately evident when you attend those meetings is that she is very much involved in the conversation,” said Jocelyn Frye from the National Partnership for Women and Families.
“This is not a meeting where she is just reading talking points. She is immersed in what’s going on day-to-day. It was a conversation where she really wanted to learn. She had done her homework,” she added.
Harris served as California’s district attorney and attorney general before running for government and entering the national political scene. Her writings deal with issues related to reproductive rights.
“The issue of fighting for the dignity of women in the health care system was ingrained in me literally from the time I can remember. This is truly an issue that is going to be about what all of our movements have been about, frankly. There’s going to be a need for litigation and legislation; there’s going to be the need for organizing,” Harris said.
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