Kamala Harris: Forcing Americans to Fund Abortions is “Exactly What I’ll Do as President”

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jun 26, 2019   |   11:06AM   |   Washington, DC

Kamala Harris said she will “fight for women” by forcing Americans to pay for abortions if she is elected president of the United States.

In a column at the Concord Monitor last week, the California Democrat outlined her plan to push abortion on demand – “health care,” in her words – if she gains power in the White House.

“What we’re seeing across the country and in the White House makes it clearer than ever that we have to do more to protect women’s access to health care. That’s exactly what I will do when I’m president,” Harris said.

Among her goals is to end the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer-funded elective abortions in Medicaid. The amendment has had strong bipartisan support for years, and continues to have strong support from voters. Researchers estimate the amendment has saved about 2 million unborn babies from abortion, but the new Democratic Party platform calls for it to be repealed.

“I will … continue to fight so that all women have access to reproductive health care [abortion] regardless of how much money they make by continuing my career-long opposition to the Hyde Amendment,” Harris said.

She continued:

I will fight back with a plan to block dangerous and deadly abortion restrictions before they take effect. Just as the Voting Rights Act required preclearance from the Department of Justice for any law that might infringe on people’s fundamental right to vote, my proposal will require, for the first time, that states and localities with a history of violating Roe v. Wade obtain approval from my Department of Justice before any abortion law or practice can take effect.

And I’m not going to stop there. I will also protect Planned Parenthood from Republican attempts to defund essential health services, nominate judges who respect Roe v. Wade and reverse the Trump administration’s illegal attempts to cut evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program grants.

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Harris argued that pro-life laws and policies treat women as lesser human beings. To achieve true equality with men, she believes women must have access to unrestricted abortions for any reason up to birth, as well as taxpayer-funded abortions.

“Last month in Nashua I said, ‘Let us all agree that women’s health care is under attack, and we will not stand for it,’” the California senator continued. “When I’m president, women … across the country will have someone fighting right alongside with them in the White House.”

But many women do not agree with Harris or the other Democratic presidential candidates’ radical pro-abortion agenda. Polls consistently show that the public does not.

In 2016, when Hillary Clinton campaigned on taxpayer-funded abortions, a Harvard University poll found that only 36 percent of likely voters supported her position.

A January poll by Marist University found similarly strong opposition, with 75 percent saying they oppose taxpayer-funded abortions and 19 percent saying they support it.

When it comes to abortion restrictions, Harris also is outside the mainstream. Gallup polls consistently have found that a majority of Americans think abortions should be heavily restricted or illegal.

In February, a Rasmussen poll found that just 21 percent of voters support New York’s new late-term abortion law, which allows abortions for basically any reason up to birth. A full 66 percent oppose the law, including 44 percent who identify as “pro-choice” on abortion. A national poll by Marist University in January found similar results.

Harris’s position on abortion does not represent most American women. Her position represents the billion dollar abortion industry, which has worked closely with her for years and donated tens of thousands of dollars to her political campaigns.