On Sunday, Vice President Kamala Harris will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, showing that Democrats aren’t giving up on the issue despite the limited alternatives for maintaining abortion access. The United States Supreme Court’s decision to reverse the country’s right to abortion marks a somber historical milestone for the White House.
In Florida, where Democrats have been on high alert for additional abortion restrictions from Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, a potential 2024 presidential candidate, administration officials confirmed she would speak there. The address continues Harris’s previous efforts to raise awareness of reproductive rights, including meetings with activists, medical professionals, and state lawmakers from throughout the nation.
It’s also meant to be a statement that the administration would continue to focus on abortion even after the November elections. Democrats outperformed expectations, but there has been no improvement in the chances of Roe v. Wade became law. The government has reached the boundaries of its legal authority to maintain access to abortion.
According to a statement from Kirsten Allen, a Harris spokesperson, “The vice president will make very clear: The fight to ensure women’s fundamental access to reproductive health care is far from over.” She will discuss the effects of radical attacks on states’ rights to abortion nationwide and stress the need for Roe to be codified by Congress.
According to government officials, President Joe Biden will proclaim to commemorate the occasion.
Over the weekend, no new executive orders or proposed policies are anticipated. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre reiterated the president’s request for national legislation on Wednesday, saying that “the administration has taken acts with our limited capabilities.”