Kamala Harris, the first black person and first woman to serve as vice president, will travel to New Jersey on Monday to speak at the NAACP’s national convention in Atlantic City.
Harris will address the NAACP’s 113th Annual Gathering, which began Thursday, before hosting a roundtable with New Jersey state lawmakers and others to discuss protecting the right to abortion in the aftermath of the United States Supreme Court’s decision overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade.
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The vice president’s speech is part of an effort to highlight the accomplishments of President Joe Biden‘s administration ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, according to a White House official speaking under cover of ‘anonymity.
In recent weeks, she has also addressed the National Education Association and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.
The roundtable will be Harris’ latest effort to highlight abortion rights in response to the Supreme Court ruling and Republican-led state efforts to ban the procedure, even in cases of rape, incest or health of the mother.
Harris is scheduled to travel to Philadelphia on Saturday and recently met with state lawmakers in Orlando, Florida. Last week, the president signed an executive order protecting access to reproductive health care services, and the administration is leading a whole-of-government approach to address this health care crisis.
Biden posted last week an executive order protect abortion rights, including access to Food and Drug Administration-approved medications, emergency medical care, and contraception.
The administration also assembles a team of attorneys prepared to represent, at no cost, women who cross state lines to obtain abortions that are prohibited in their home states.
This will be Harris’ third trip to New Jersey since becoming vice president.
During her October visit, she promoted vaccinations and proposed legislation to increase childcare funding. And in February, she touted Newark’s progress in eliminating lead water pipes.
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