(DailyVantage.com) – Vice President Kamala Harris has repeatedly found herself at the receiving end of backlash, notably for things she says — or fails to say. She seemed content to continue that trend recently when giving a speech to mark the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade.
On Sunday, January 22, Harris was giving a speech in Tallahassee, Florida, when she made a glaring omission. While addressing the rights outlined in the Declaration of Independence, she failed to mention one. “America is a promise,” she said, according to Newsmax, “a promise we made … that we are each endowed with the right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” While this is true, the Declaration of Independence also outlines the right to life, which she failed to mention.
Conservatives and pro-life advocates didn’t let this go without calling out the VP for her mistake. GOP lawmakers and other right-wing followers have routinely noted instances when Harris has misquoted the founding fathers or made overly simplistic and reductive remarks. In this instance, some even publicly tagged her on Twitter to point out her error.
You forgot the unalienable right to life, @VP. pic.twitter.com/C9MKRt4UWq
— Representative Lisa McClain (@RepLisaMcClain) January 23, 2023
Harris has made no bones about her stance as a pro-choice politician, which she actively campaigned on and advocated long before she began her stint in the White House.
The landmark case turned 50 years old, but the Supreme Court overturned it as part of the Justices’ ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The decision put the right to create legislation back in the hands of states.
Florida is currently in a court battle surrounding its 15-week abortion ban. The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in the case and make a ruling on whether Florida’s constitution enshrines the right to privacy. South Carolina recently struck down an abortion ban because its constitution explicitly protects its citizens’ right to privacy, which was the basis of the legal challenge.
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