Vice President Kamala Harris attends Summit of the Americas and discusses gun violence and reproductive rights

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Vice President Kamala Harris is in Southern California for this week’s Summit of the Americas.

Harris met with faith leaders on Monday to discuss the gun violence epidemic among several other issues.

Eyewitness News traveled with Harris on Monday as she made two stops in Los Angeles.

Harris was joined by religious leaders and elected officials, including U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA) and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti.

They participated in a roundtable on gun violence and reproductive rights.

Harris reacted to a Louisiana state bill that would ban most abortions without exception for rape or incest, describing it as an imminent threat in light of the expected ruling on Roe v. Wade by the United States Supreme Court.

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A leaked draft opinion suggests the Conservative majority will overturn the landmark decision.

Harris spoke about the decision’s potential indirect impact on access to contraception and even interracial marriage.

“How are we then, as those who are guided by our faith, who believe in the best of who we are and who we can be, how are we going to speak or talk about the people who are going to be directly affected by this decision “Harris said. “And how we raise them in a way that they don’t feel alone and without options.”

Harris then met with international civil society organizations as part of the Summit for the Americas – organizations working to advance women’s rights and youth advocacy in the Caribbean, North America and Latin America.

The press could not speak with Harris and ask him questions. She is expected to discuss migration to the southern border later this week.

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