VP Harris: Think About What Overturning Roe v. Wade ‘Means for the Life of Your Son’

By Melanie Arter | June 28, 2022 | 1:32pm EDT
Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) at Swissotel in Chicago, Illinois, on June 24, 2022. (Photo by KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) at Swissotel in Chicago, Illinois, on June 24, 2022. (Photo by KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - Vice President Kamala Harris urged parents on Monday to think about what the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade means for their sons. 

“And when we think about it, everyone has something at risk on this. First of all, if you are a parent of sons, do think about what this means for the life of your son and what that will mean in terms of the choices he will have,” the vice president told CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper.”


“Do think about it in the context of the fact that they wrote this decision, including concurring opinions, that suggests that other rights such as the freedom to make decisions about when you were going to start a family, the freedom and the right to make decisions about contraception, IUDs, what this is going to mean in terms of in vitro fertilization,” she said.

The vice president said that she was on her way to Illinois to speak about maternal health when she heard about the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization.

HARRIS: Well, so I was on Air Force Two, heading to Aurora, Illinois, to talk about maternal health. We were with Lauren Underwood, with the chair of judiciary Dick Durbin. We were headed there to unveil a plan based on the work we have been doing to ensure that women receive the kind of support they need during and post pregnancy, and you know, we thought that the decision would come down some time soon, but not at that moment. 

I was shocked, and you know, it's one thing when you know something is going to happen. It's another thing when it actually happens, and I just actually turned to CNN, and I couldn't believe it. I couldn't believe it, because they actually did it, and here's what they did. The court actually took a constitutional right that has been recognized for half a century and took it from the women of America. 

That's shocking. When you think about it. In terms of what that means in terms of democratic principles, in terms of the ideals upon which we were founded, about liberty, about freedom. You know, I thought about it as, you know, a parent. We have two children who are in their 20s. A son and a daughter. I thought about it as a godparent of teenagers. I thought of it as an aunt of preschool children–
 
CNN HOST DANA BASH: And a woman yourself. 
 
HARRIS: And a woman myself, and the daughter of a woman, and a granddaughter of a woman, and you know, my husband and I are actually talking about it. We have a 23-year-old, and my mother-in-law is in her 80s. Our daughter will not know the rights for the amount of time that my mother-in-law knew these rights, which is the right that should be well settled, that a woman should have to make decisions about her own body, and when we think about it, everyone has something at risk on this. 

First of all, if you are a parent of sons, do think about what this means for the life of your son and what that will mean in terms of the choices he will have. Do think about it in the context of the fact that they wrote this decision, including concurring opinions, that suggests that other rights such as the freedom to make decisions about when you were going to start a family, the freedom and the right to make decisions about contraception, IUDs, what this is doing to mean in terms of in vitro fertilization. 

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