After a leaked draft opinion shows the Supreme Court preparing to overturn landmark abortion protections in Roe v. Wade, Vice President Kamala Harris says it’s “time to fight for women” .
In a statement Wednesday — a day after “The Politician” first reported (and later confirmed by the Supreme Court) the draft opinion — Harris wrote: “Roche’s opponents want to punish women, deprive them of The right to make decisions about your own body.”
“Republican lawmakers in states across the country are using the law against women,” the vice president said, warning that if the leaked majority in the draft holds true, not only the right to abortion, but the “right to privacy” of all Americans will be compromised. “weaken”.
“Now is the time to use everything we have to fight for women and our country,” Harris said.
Republicans have long fought to restrict abortion across the country.
Right now, 26 states are likely or almost certain to ban abortion if the Supreme Court decides to overturn Roe, according to the pro-choice Guttmacher Institute.
Notably, the draft decision is not final, and abortion is still legal in all 50 states.
In response to the leak of the draft, progressive Democratic lawmakers have been calling on the Senate to repeal Raab to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would guarantee nationwide access to abortion care.
“We know that our most vulnerable communities will be disproportionately hit by any decision to limit and deny access to abortion care — especially black, brown, Indigenous, LGBTQIA+ and low-income people,” Assemblyman Ayanna Pressley ( D-Mass.) said in a statement calling for abortion protections to be codified into federal law. “We have to legislate as if our lives depend on it, because they do.”