Kamala Harris claimed that banning the killing of unborn babies in abortions is similar to slavery in a speech Monday to the NAACP.
Speaking at the civil rights group’s annual convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Harris said
banning abortion is “claiming ownership over human bodies,” the Washington Times reports. She also compared the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade to slavery.
“Our country has a history of claiming ownership over human bodies,” the vice president said. “And today, extremist so-called leaders are criminalizing doctors and punishing women from making healthcare decisions for themselves.” The pro-life movement opposes punishing women, and pro-life laws do not punish women.
Harris said pro-life lawmakers claim they want to return the decision making about abortion to the states, “but at this moment, many of those same so-called leaders are the same ones who are passing laws to restrict the ability of people to vote.”
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She urged Americans to vote Democrat in November, saying: “Freedom, liberty and democracy are on the ballot this fall. … We need people who will defend our rights up and down the ballot.”
Responding afterward, U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, a pro-life Republican from Colorado, slammed Harris for describing aborting unborn babies as a “right.”
“Kamala just compared not being able to murder your unborn child to slavery. Psychotic,” Boebert wrote on Twitter.
Since Roe in 1973, more than 63 million unborn babies and hundreds of mothers have died in supposedly “safe,” legal abortions in the U.S. The infamous ruling forced states to legalize abortions for any reason up to viability and allowed abortions for any reason up to birth.
In the historic Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health ruling June 24, the Supreme Court justices overturned Roe and allowed states to protect unborn babies from abortion again. Thirteen already have done so, although some have been blocked by court orders, and more state are expected to enact pro-life laws in the coming weeks.
The Charlotte Lozier Institute estimates more than 120,000 unborn babies are being saved from abortion as a result of the pro-life laws currently in place.