It’s been a hectic month, to say the least. If you’ve been paying attention to the headlines, you’ve probably heard about what’s going on regarding the potential to spill deRoe c. Wade.
If not, maybe you should be more careful if not, because it will affect all of us, regardless of age or political stance. It will radically change our lives, especially for women of color. In short: we risk being deprived of our right to abortion. It’s a grim possibility that’s being whispered across the country, adding to our endless worries and make us feel overwhelmed.
But maybe all is not lost.
In a recent conference call, Vice President Kamala Harris gave us a glimmer of hope. BELatina was part of a group of journalists who had the opportunity to hear firsthand what is really going on and what the vice president plans to do.
Here’s what Harris told us.
“I strongly believe that women’s rights are under attack right now when we think about this draft decision and what it represents, and potentially for both,” said the vice president during the opening of the conversation. “I think it’s very important to understand that all Americans should realize that this is a direct attack on women’s freedom, and it’s an attack that can affect all Americans. Here’s what what this means on a practical level: in terms of women and men – all genders – privacy rights are under threat.”
Harris described Roe V. Wade’s decision as being made primarily to “protect individuals’ ability to make personal decisions as their decision to make, not their government.” If overthrown, it will undoubtedly challenge our fundamental rights in another way.
Women’s rights are under attack. We must fight for the principles on which this country was founded. pic.twitter.com/sIWFhivqGT
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 12, 2022
The Vice President then expanded the conversation, exploring how this could “jeopardize” other rights such as: “the right to obtain contraception” and “the right to marry a person of [the] same sex”. With that in mind, it would set us back decades rather than enhance our femininity in modern society.
Giving us hope as leaders should, she then reaffirmed her position: “I also believe very strongly that there is another fundamental right at stake, and that is the right that all should be entitled to. self-determination. Dignity comes with self-determination. [It’s] the ability of individuals and the power that all should have and should not be deprived of to make decisions about not just a woman – her own body – but her life and how she chooses to make decisions about the course of his life ; including the choice only she should be able to make about how she wants to plan her own family.
After these opening remarks, Kamala Harris spoke about what happened when she presided over the Senate to vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act. While this was an opportunity for the Senate to defend women’s right to make decisions about their own bodies, they unfortunately did not not defend these rights. Incredible, right?
The majority of the American people support a woman’s right to decide what happens to her own body.
We need to elect more pro-choice leaders at the local, state and federal levels. pic.twitter.com/zJ1KqDxltg
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 12, 2022
“The tragedy is that the majority of Americans support respecting women’s right to make these decisions. But the vote did not reflect the position of the majority of Americans on the issue,” the vice president added.
Kamala Harris then insisted on the importance of the vote – at all levels. Especially at the local and state levels, since it is the representatives who “will have the discretion to decide how some of these rules and laws will be applied”.
Well, the final decision will be made by the end of June. Without hesitation, the efforts of our leaders between now and then are crucial. How will our leaders approach this potential reversal? We took notes of the Vice President’s opening remarks broadcast live on the government’s official website during the following conference.
During this livestream, this time our VP met with abortion providers. Although we couldn’t attend the conversation, here’s what she must have said when she opened.
“Basically, it [Roe v. Wade] it’s about our future as a nation, whether we live in a country where the government can interfere in personal decisions. This is our future. Yet, at the same time, we cannot deny that this decision will have real and immediate effects on the women of our country.
The strength of our country has always been that we fight to move forward. We believe in expanding rights, not restricting rights.
We cannot go back. pic.twitter.com/KLzAfw3y6j
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 20, 2022
“So I am here today, joined by leading doctors, nurses and advocates on the front lines against this war on women’s rights. Just half an hour ago in Oklahoma, the state legislature passed one of the most extreme abortion bans in the country – a ban that would ban abortion from the time of fertilization.
“Now think about it for a second: from the moment of fertilization,” Harris continued. “It’s outrageous, and it’s just the latest in a string of extreme laws across the country. Many of the health professionals who join us today see the impact of these laws designed to punish and control women.
“Like many of you, I have spent my entire career fighting for the health, safety and well-being of women,” Harris concluded. “A woman’s power to make decisions about her own body, I believe, is directly related to her power to make decisions about her future.”
Kamala Harris then spoke to health professionals about reproductive rights. Although we don’t have this transcript, we can hope that the vice-president and her team are supporting us all.
Regarding extreme abortion to forbid in Oklahoma will – can you treat what would this mean for those who do not have the right to abort from the moment of fertilization? On the surface, that would mean you’re going not having control over your body and being criminalized for having sex without a pregnancy result.
To make matters even darker, think about the lengths people will have to go to get an illegal abortion. As we have read in many articles and social media posts: abortions will not stop. The only thing it will do is make them dangerous.