Democrat Kamala Harris promised to “always fight” for the “right” to abort unborn babies Wednesday during the vice presidential debate.
Harris, Joe Biden’s vice presidential running mate and a California senator, faced pro-life Republican Vice President Mike Pence at their first debate in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Daily Signal reports both candidates were asked what they would like to happen in their home states of California and Indiana if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade and the power to legislate on abortions returns to the states.
Harris did not answer the question specifically; instead, she gave a general statement about supporting abortion, MassLive reports.
“The issues before us couldn’t be more serious,” Harris said. “There is the issue of choice, and I will always fight for a woman’s right to make a decision about her own body. It should be her decision and not that of Donald Trump and the vice president, Michael Pence.”
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Here’s more from the report:
Harris expressed frustration with President Trump’s effort to fill the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s seat ahead of the November election.
“We’re literally in an election,” Harris said, adding, “Let the American people fill that seat in the White House and then the Supreme Court.”
Harris was vague likely because she knows her radical pro-abortion position is too extreme for most Americans – something Pence pointed out in his response.
“I couldn’t be more proud to serve as vice president to a president who stands unapologetically for the sanctity of human life. I will not apologize for it,” Pence said. “This is another one of those cases where there is such a dramatic contrast. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris support taxpayer funding of abortion all the way up to the moment of birth, late-term abortion.”
Harris has a 100-percent pro-abortion voting record. She recently opposed legislation to protect late-term unborn babies from abortion and newborns from infanticide. In 2018, she was a vocal opponent of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a bill to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks when strong scientific evidence indicates unborn babies can feel pain.
“We must keep fighting to defend and expand on the progress made for women’s rights and reproductive health, not pass a 20-week abortion ban,” Harris wrote on Twitter at the time.
Infamously, when she was attorney general of California, Harris raided undercover journalist David Daleiden’s home after he exposed Planned Parenthood’s aborted baby body parts trade. According to The Federalist, Harris met six Planned Parenthood leaders just two weeks before the raid. A newly uncovered document from the California Department of Justice document suggests Harris may have received specific instructions from the abortion chain about what to take when her office raided Daleiden’s home. It stated, “Planned Parenthood would like the computers used to produce the videos seized.”
As part of their campaign platform, Harris and Biden are calling for an end to the Hyde Amendment, which blocks taxpayer funding for elective abortions in Medicaid and other federal programs. Biden and Harris also support Roe v. Wade and want to expand it. If elected, they said they would “codify” the abortion case into federal law to prevent states from protecting unborn babies even if the Supreme Court overturns the infamous ruling.
Polls consistently show that most Americans support protections for unborn babies, especially at later stages of pregnancy. Most Americans oppose taxpayer-funded abortions as well.