(CNSNews.com) – Vice President Kamala Harris used her speech at the 142nd annual National Baptist Convention in Houston, Texas, on Thursday to push abortion rights, saying that women should have the freedom “to make decision about their own bodies.”
“Today we live in unsettled times. The ideals we thought were long established — such as, overseas, the sovereignty of democratic nations; here in our own country, the powerful transfer of power in a way that is peaceful; the freedom of voters — voters — to decide elections; the freedom of women to make decisions about their own future; even what constitutes the truth — these ideals now hang in the balance,” Harris said.
“As extremists work to take away the freedom of women to make decisions about their own bodies, faith leaders are taking a stand, knowing one does not have to abandon their faith or deeply held religious beliefs to agree that a woman should have the ability to make decisions about her own body and not have her government tell her what to do, and she will choose, in consultation with her pastor or her priest, or a doctor and her loved ones, but the government should not be making that decision,” she said as the audience applauded.
The vice president said she grew up attending 23rd Avenue Church of God in Oakland, Calif.
And there I learned — as so many of us did, I learned in the Bible of the many teachings about the ever-present tension between darkness and light, and I learned, in those moments, how important it is to recognize the power of faith.
Through the darkness, faith and our faith reminds us that we are not alone. Faith teaches us that a brighter future is always ahead and we must keep moving forward to realize that future and to move forward, simply put, I also learned and we all know: Faith requires action. So I was raised to live my faith. Marching for civil rights, my parents pushed me in a stroller.
That was faith in action. So was running for office for the very first time I ran, standing up in the name of the people as the first Black woman to be elected District Attorney of San Francisco and the first Black woman in the state of California to run for Attorney General and become the first Black woman to be elected Attorney General of California, where I ran the second-largest Department of Justice in the United States — second only to the United States Department of Justice.
Standing up as the second Black woman in the history of the United States Senate to be elected to the United States Senate, and then placing my hand, yes, on Justice Thurgood Marshall’s bible when I was sworn in as Vice President of the United States.
These were all, for me, acts of faith born out of being taught to believe in what is possible and what can be, unburdened by what has been.
For me and President Joe Biden, faith guides our work every day.