“I think, to be very honest with you, I think we should have believed rightly, but we certainly think some of the issues are just settled. Some issues are just fixed,” Harris said.
In 1973 Roe v Wade went to trial. Democrats have since had 15 legislative majorities and four presidents.
In an interview with CBS News’ Robert Costa, the vice president also said Congress needed to act and pass legislation protecting American women’s right to abortion, and that women had been denied a “constitutional right following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe against Wade.
Harris said, “I think we all share a deep sense of outrage that the Supreme Court of the United States has taken a recognized constitutional right, taken it away from American women.”
The vice president continued: “We are now looking at a case where the government can interfere in what is one of the most intimate and private decisions anyone can make.”
The interview will air on CBS’ “Face the Nation” this Sunday.
On Friday, President Joe Biden signed an executive order aimed at helping women get to states where abortions are legal as well as expanding access to abortion pills through the Department of Health and Human Services. .
Harris said: “We also need Congress to act because that branch of government is where we really codify, which means put into law, the rights that we once again took for granted, but have clearly been taken away from American women.’
Asked if she felt like former Democratic leaders failed to write Roe v Wade into law, Harris dodged the question: “I think, to be very honest with you, I – I think we should have believed rightly, but we certainly thought that some issues were just settled, some issues are just settled.
Harris avoided echoing calls from other Democrats for conservative Supreme Court justices to be removed.
The former California senator said she didn’t “believe” the judges who said they felt Roe v Wade was a settled matter.
Harris said, “I start from the point of experience of having served in the Senate. I never believed them. I didn’t believe them. That’s why I voted against.
The Vice President instructed Congress to act on Roe v Wade: “If you think of the Voting Rights Act, Congress acted, the Civil Rights Act, Congress acted because where it there was a question, especially through the courts or any other system, about the sanctity of those rights, we decided as a nation, we would put that into law. That’s what we have to do with Roe and the principles behind Roe.
It comes days after Harris was widely criticized for her seemingly incoherent speech following the Highland Park shooting that killed seven people on July 4.
Harris said at the scene of the shooting, “We have to take these things seriously like you are because you were forced to take this seriously.”
She continued: “The whole nation should understand and have a level of empathy to understand that this could happen anywhere. [to] anyone in any community. And we should come together and explain why this has to stop.
One person wrote on Twitter about the speech saying, “Word salad. Means absolutely nothing. Another read: “Unbroken streak for about nineteen months now without ever making a single consistent statement as vice president. Almost admirable in its consistency.
On Friday, Harris met with Democratic lawmakers from Indiana, Florida, Nebraska and Montana, states that have Republican legislatures and governors, and may soon pass abortion bans.
Harris reportedly told the meeting that the Biden administration would demonstrate a “commitment to protecting access to reproductive health care.” The vice president urged pro-abortion lawmakers to “continue to champion reproductive rights and freedoms at the state level.”
Harris also said, “Women should be able to make decisions about their bodies.”
At the meeting, South Dakota Democrat Erin Healy said, “How close to death does a person have to be before a doctor intervenes?” South Dakotans should have the freedom to travel wherever they want in this country, no questions asked. Enforcing some kind of state border laws on who can leave and who doesn’t paints a very bleak future for America.
Kristi Noem, the Republican Governor of South Dakota, revealed plans to further tighten the abortion ban in her state during a special legislative session.
While meeting with Harris, Indiana Democrat Phil GiaQuinta told WPTA, “I think the administration is doing a tremendous job, a fantastic job of getting the word out that they believe in health and wellness. women.” And, again, politicians have nothing to do with making this decision.
Harris’s new chief of staff, Lorraine Voles, has allowed the vice president to be more active in the Biden administration’s response to key events, according to NBC News.
According to a recent Yahoo News/YouGov poll conducted June 24-27, California Governor Gavin Newsom would outperform the vice president in a hypothetical 2024 presidential race against former President Donald Trump.
In a head-to-head battle, Harris and Trump are tied at 41%, with an additional 18% indicating they don’t know who they would vote for in this hypothetical 2024 race.
When the former president was pitted against Newsom, the California Democrat had a one-point lead — 39% to 40%.