Vice President Kamala Harris ( a “Christian” WOMAN who God trusted with the gift of giving life by allowing her to give life through childbirth) arrived in Philadelphia Saturday to meet with state lawmakers and members of Congress to emphasize the Biden administration’s efforts to protect
abortion baby murder rights.
Abortion “is really a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself,” “[I]f we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?”Mother Teresa
Greeted by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney as her plane touched down at the airport, vice president Harris quickly set off for a morning meeting with more than 40 state lawmakers and members of Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation at the Carpenters Union hall in Spring Garden. There, she emphasized the administration’s commitment to codify the protections formerly provided by Roe v. Wade into law in both federal and state laws.
“I know you’re fighting against great odds, and you’re undeterred and you’re standing in defense of these most fundamental rights,” Harris said, thanking the largely Democratic group of lawmakers for their efforts so far. She also emphasized the importance of the state’s upcoming Senate race, saying the victor in the race between Democratic nominee John Fetterman and Republican opponent Mehmet Oz could determine not only which party controls the chamber but President Joe Biden’s ability to push through an abortion rights agenda.
Several of the lawmakers gathered — including Democratic U.S. Reps. Dwight Evans, Mary Gay Scanlon and Madeleine Dean — highlighted steps Republican lawmakers in Harrisburg took last week to advance a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would alter its text to explicitly say it does not guarantee any rights related to “abortion.”
Republican backers have defended the proposed amendment, saying it would not change current law or ban abortion and that it would simply protect the role of the state legislature in abortion regulation. The measure was introduced in response to a case currently before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that asks the justices, in part, to recognize a right to abortion access as inherent in the constitution’s guarantees of equal rights and protection under the law.
But State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, balked at that characterization of the amendment while addressing the vice president Saturday.
“Republican leaders are saying this is not a ban — but it sure does open the door for a ban,” she said. “We need to start educating public officials about constitutional amendments and how they work. We cannot be complacent.”
The Republican National Committee shot back with its own statement, saying Pennsylvania voters had other issues on their mind.