Tallahassee, Fla. — Vice President Kamala Harris on Sunday accused “extremist” Republicans working to further roll back abortion rights, months after Roe v. Wade was overturned, urging abortions. He warned that “no one is immune” from efforts to limit access to reproductive health care.
In a speech given on the 50th anniversary of Law, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that established the constitutional right to abortion, Harris said some Republicans were working to establish a nationwide abortion ban. What he said should worry people who live in states where the law is in force. Be more tolerant.
“People live in fear of what will happen next,” said Ms. Harris.
Harris’ arrival in Florida, the third most populous state in the United States, comes as Republicans, who have just won a supermajority in the Florida legislature, want to push the state’s abortion ban timeline from 15 weeks pregnant. Because we discussed changing to 12 weeks pregnant. Florida health officials warned pharmacists not to dispense the drug after the Food and Drug Administration issued a rule allowing the sale of abortion drugs in retail pharmacies.
The vice president was the most high-profile administrator to emerge on a day when thousands of activists across the United States were preparing to rally and march for change at the state level. With no Senate vote to enact legislation and President Biden’s failure to grant these protections through enforcement action, administration officials said Harris’ appearance in Florida was fueling the anger that fueled it. I was hoping it would help keep it going. For voters during the midterm elections.
In a speech at a nightlife venue called The Moon, Harris denounced the state’s “so-called leaders,” calling for extreme abortion bans and targeting both procedural and abortion providers. issued a rule to A pharmacist dispensing abortion pills.
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“Today we are fighting back,” said Ms. Harris.
Biden has asked multiple agencies across the government, including the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Homeland Security, to assess how the federal government can better assist health care providers and pharmacies in the provision of mifepristone, she said. He signed a memorandum to do so. To those who want to receive drugs, drugs used to terminate pregnancy. Officials in states, including Florida and Texas, have moved to limit the drug’s availability.
“Don’t get tired or discouraged,” said Harris. “Because we are on the right side of history.”
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Before the vice president’s address, several activists, including Planned Parenthood chief executive Alexis McGill Johnson, addressed the crowd that had spent the morning opposing the state’s Republican governor. Let’s go,” the group chanted at one point. In his remarks, McGill Johnson called the vice president “one of the fiercest fighters for reproductive freedom.” Ms. Harris has established herself as a key government voice in promoting abortion rights.
According to her office, Harris has invited leaders from 38 states to an event known as a “conference,” bringing together dozens of lawmakers from 18 states to discuss access to abortion. Events in Tallahassee include a doctor who says healthcare delivery is limited, a college student worried about losing access to reproductive medicine on campus, and her mother watching the speech of the first female vice president. A young girl I had brought with me was present.
Jessica Law Miner, 39, who came to the event with her husband Rick and two daughters Charlotte, said: “We are facing a world where they have less rights than me and my mother. 4th, Madeline 9th.
Rowminer then turned to Madeline, who was tying her shoelaces, and asked if the government should be involved in health decisions. “No,” said the girl.
One of the reasons Kyla Hubbard, a 21-year-old student at nearby Florida A&M, attended the event was because she and her friends had received donations from groups that the state government included, including campus health organizations and Planned Parenthood. I have been watching closely how it continues to affect the availability of resources in Ms. Hubbard said it was important for the Vice President to come to Tallahassee because so many Floridians “do not support” access to healthcare.
“We are learning our bodies. We are learning ourselves,” said Ms. Hubbard. “We need access to those kinds of resources, so it’s a very scary thing to balance.”
In the back of the room sat a contingent of Alpha Kappa Alpha, alumni of the Vice President’s tight-knit sorority, listening to Ms. Harris. Former Florida State University administrator Freddie Grooms-McLendon said he hopes the speech will ignite grassroots activism the White House hopes to inspire.
“We have a very conservative governor,” said 88-year-old Groomes-McLendon. “I hope we can do something.”