(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) Vice President Kamala Harris neglected to mention the right to life when quoting the Declaration of Independence in a speech in Tallahassee, Florida, acknowledging what would have been the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
“We are here together because we collectively believe and know, America is a promise, America is a promise—it is a promise of freedom and liberty,” Harris said.
“Not for some, but for all,” she continued. “A promise that we made in the Declaration of Independence that we are each endowed with the right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
The Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Harris continued, insisting that “these rights were not bestowed upon us,” but that “they belong to us as Americans.”
According to the Post Millennial, she did not mention the right to life in her speech, which was just under 20 minutes.
During the speech she also announced that the Biden administration is working to protect access to abortion pills throughout the country, even in states where the practice is now illegal—including Florida.
Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill making abortions illegal after 15 weeks, with exceptions for safety of the life of the mother or at risk of injury to the fetus.
Harris slammed DeSantis, insisting that “the government should not be telling people what to do with their own bodies.”
“Here in Florida, healthcare providers face prison for up to five years for simply doing their job,” the vice president claimed, according to the Daily Mail. “And now the state has also targeted medication abortion—and even threatened Florida pharmacists.”
In a presidential memorandum to mark the anniversary of Roe, which was overturned in the summer of 2022, President Joe Biden included a section dedicated to ensuring that people looking to access abortion pills are “free from threats or violence,” but did not define what it meant by violence.
“The President has long made clear that people should have access to reproductive care free from harassment, threats, or violence,” the memorandum said. “Pharmacies should be treated no differently.”
Meanwhile, pregnancy centers and churches across the country are being attacked for their pro-life views. The FBI’s investigation into the matter is slow going, despite militant groups taking credit for the attacks in online statements.