Kamala Harris voiced support for a pro-abortion lawsuit Tuesday that challenges the Texas abortion ban based on false claims that the law does not allow abortions when women’s lives are at risk.
Harris, who has tried to boost her faltering image by aligning herself closely with the pro-abortion movement, attacked pro-life advocates as “extremists” in a statement about the lawsuit, The Hill reports. She also claimed killing unborn babies in elective abortions is “health care.”
“Many extremist ‘so-called’ leaders espouse ‘freedom for all,’ while directly attacking the freedom to make one’s own health care decisions,” she said in a statement. “Like the overwhelming majority of Americans, the president and I believe women — in consultation with their doctors — should be in charge of their reproductive health care, not politicians.”
The lawsuit, led by the Center for Reproductive Rights, is part of an on-going attempt by the pro-abortion movement to claim pro-life laws put women’s lives in jeopardy when the opposite is true.
Pro-life laws save unborn babies’ lives and protect mothers. Every abortion restriction includes clear exceptions that allow miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy care as well as abortions in the rare cases when a mother’s life is at risk. Many doctors, legal analyses and experts confirm this, but abortion activists’ lies persist and doctors say it’s these lies, not the laws, that are putting women’s lives in danger.
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According to Axios, the lawsuit claims the Texas abortion ban prevented five women from having abortions when their lives were at risk until it was almost too late. The case asks a judge to clarify that the law allows exceptions when the mother’s life is at risk.
Harris said she met one of the five women who filed the lawsuit, Amanda Zurawski.
“After Amanda’s water broke prematurely, she was repeatedly denied treatment because of Texas’s abortion ban. Only after she developed sepsis, an infection that almost killed her, did the hospital finally treat her,” the vice president said.
But the lawsuit does not sue their medical providers; it sues the state of Texas.
Harris went on to brag about her abortion advocacy, including how she has invited abortion activists to the White House repeatedly to discuss ways pro-life laws supposedly “harm” health care, according to the report.
“[W]e discussed the harm that doctors and nurses feared their patients would experience as a result of Texas’ extreme laws. Now, multiple women impacted by these abortion bans announced a joint lawsuit against the state of Texas, showing those fears have turned into reality,” she said.
Many pro-life organizations, including Texas Right to Life, expressed sympathy for the women, saying their doctors should have and could have provided them with proper medical care under the law. Texas Right to Life blamed the media and major medical organizations for staying silent instead of correcting the dangerous lies that abortion activists are spreading.
“These doctors misunderstood or were mislead on Texas law,” the organization responded. “… If a doctor delays treating a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or acting in a medical emergency, that is medical malpractice and completely inconsistent with Texas pro-life laws.”
Texas OB-GYNs also confirmed that the law allows them to save mothers’ lives.
“Sadly, it appears some doctors are making medical decisions based on media pundits and rhetoric, instead of reading the actual law,” said Dr. Ingrid Skop, a board-certified OB-GYN who has been practicing in Texas for more than 25 years. “Nothing in the new Texas pro-life law is in conflict with standard medical guidance, nor would it prevent me from providing the same care I have always provided women facing potentially life-threatening complications.”
Every pro-life law allows life-saving medical care for mothers.
The Texas abortion ban, for example, permits abortions when “in the exercise of reasonable medical judgment, the pregnant female on whom the abortion is performed, induced, or attempted has a life-threatening physical condition aggravated by, caused by, or arising from a pregnancy that places the female at risk of death or poses a serious risk of substantial impairment of a major bodily function unless the abortion is performed or induced.”
The law also states, “Medical treatment provided to the pregnant female by a licensed physician that results in the accidental or unintentional injury or death of the unborn child does not constitute a violation of this section.”
Doctors, including Planned Parenthood abortionists, also have confirmed that pro-life laws allow treatment for ectopic pregnancies, miscarriages and situations where the mother’s life is at risk.
“My heart is breaking that women are being made to feel fearful by the misinformation that’s out there,” said Dr. Christina Francis, CEO of the American Association of Pro-Life OB-GYNs last year. “As a pro-life OB/GYN who’s practiced my entire career in hospitals that do not allow abortions, I have never been prevented from safely treating an ectopic pregnancy.”