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Kamala Harris: Alabama anti-abortion law supporters 'couldn't care less' about babies

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 6/1/2019 Naomi Lim
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SAN FRANCISCO Alabama lawmakers who pushed the state's strict anti-abortion measure don't really care about the children they claim to be protecting, said Sen. Kamala Harris.

"In this fight, we know we are on the side of right," the Democratic presidential candidate said late Friday during a California Democratic Convention sideline event hosted by Planned Parenthood. "Those folks down in Alabama who are doing this, these are the same folks who, by the time that baby is born, they couldn't care less. What are they doing to support that mother and what she needs in terms of prenatal help? They're not doing a thing, but they're trying to tell women what to do with their bodies. We're going to tell them a thing or two," the California senator, appearing confident in her home state, told the crowd of about 800 gathered at Mezzanine, a trendy live music venue in San Francisco, Calif.

Harris, one of 14 presidential candidates formally addressing the convention this weekend, made the comments after Alabama last month joined a slew of states introducing legislation restricting access to reproductive care. Louisiana's governor last Thursday signed a bill into law that bans abortion at as early as six weeks, before most women realize they are pregnant. It additionally does not allow for exceptions in cases of rape or incest.

Harris told attendees Friday "to never take for granted that any of the gains that we have achieved will be permanent," saying they should "remain vigilant."

Last week, the former California state attorney general and Oakland native revealed her own reproductive rights plan, which would require jurisdictions with a history of trying to undermine Roe v. Wade protections to obtain approval from the Justice Department before rolling out any new abortion measure or practice.

"This is a party about our conviction," Harris said. "Our conviction to make sure that every woman has the right to do whatever she chooses to do with her life and her body. That's what this is about, and so we will celebrate women, we will celebrate their agency, we will celebrate the determination and self-determination of every women in our nation. We will celebrate the fact that we know how to fight, we will celebrate the fact that we are prepared to fight, and we will celebrate the fact that we will not stop fighting until every women in our country has the right and the ability to make a decision about ... her own body."

Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif., was also at Friday's event, stopping to take photos with supporters as she left after Harris' remarks.

The California Democratic Party's 2019 Organizing Convention, one of two conventions taking place in the state this year, is expected to be attended by more than 5,000 attendees over the course of its three-day schedule.

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