In a bold move to champion reproductive rights, Vice-President Kamala Harris announced plans for a nationwide tour titled “Fight for Reproductive Freedoms.”
The tour, set to commence in Wisconsin on January 22, coincides with the 51st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a landmark Supreme Court decision that established a constitutional right to abortion.
The White House revealed this initiative on Tuesday, underscoring the urgency of the matter as Democrats aim to elevate abortion rights as a pivotal theme in the upcoming 2024 presidential campaign.
Notably, Harris’s tour kicks off in Wisconsin, a state poised to become a battleground in the upcoming election where President Joe Biden seeks a second term, and Donald Trump is anticipated to be the Republican candidate.
Amidst a backdrop of an increasingly conservative-leaning Supreme Court, which overturned Roe v. Wade last year, more than 20 Republican-led states have implemented stringent restrictions or outright bans on abortion.
Harris, in a statement, expressed her concern about the escalating assault on reproductive freedoms by extremists across the nation.
She highlighted their efforts to impose radical policies such as a nationwide abortion ban and criminalizing doctors, as well as imposing logistical hurdles on women seeking necessary care.
Harris affirmed her commitment to defending fundamental freedoms and stated, “I will continue to fight for our fundamental freedoms while bringing together those throughout America who agree that every woman should have the right to make decisions about her own body – not the government.”
This initiative comes at a critical juncture when polls consistently reflect a majority of Americans supporting continued access to safe abortion. Despite the divisive nature of the abortion debate, Harris aims to unite those who share the belief that women should have the autonomy to make decisions regarding their bodies, irrespective of political ideologies.