During a recent speech against abortion, Kamala Harris was criticized for skipping the “life” portion of the Declaration of Independence. January 22 would have marked the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. In a speech that would have marked the anniversary of the overturned landmarked case, Vice President Kamala Harris ironically and intentionally omitted the word “life” from the Declaration of Independence. If she believed no one would notice, she was tragically mistaken.
Sunday in Tallahassee, Florida, the vice president addressed a pro-choice audience, stating that we are here based on our collective belief that America is a promise.
She stated this promise of independence and liberty for everyone was guaranteed in the Declaration of Independence. Ms. Harris added that everyone has the right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness, clearly misstating one of the most famous parts of the Declaration of Independence.
The Declaration of Independence famously states that people are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” prompting speculation that Ms. Harris omitted “life” on purpose due to its association with the anti-abortion movement.
Daniel Di Martino, a Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University and creator of the anti-socialism Dissident Project, tweeted: You have forgotten the first one, Kamala. “Life.”
In contrast to the pro-choice movement, which supports liberal abortion access, the anti-abortion movement is popularly known as pro-life.
The Republican National Committee uploaded the video and tweeted, Kamala Harris, omits the right to life when referencing the Declaration of Independence during her speech on abortion.”
In fact, she missed another opportunity to mention “life” when she pledged to continue to stand together in the battle to protect and defend the rights and freedoms of all people, including women, later in the address.
Ms. Harris retweeted a separate segment of the speech commemorating Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationally but was overturned this past June.
The right of every woman to control her body is at stake, she stated in the footage. Ms. Harris added that she had said this before and will say it again: “How dare they?”
Tommy Pigott, director of fast response for the RNC, responded by pointing out that House Democrats voted against a bill requiring prompt medical care for newborns born alive after a botched abortion last week.
Mr. Pigott tweeted, in the same address, Kamala Harris omitted the right to life while invoking the Declaration of Independence. And earlier this month, every Democrat in the House voted against mandating medical treatment for newborns who survive.
During floor discussion, Democrats criticized the law as unnecessary and an attempt to limit abortion, but the newly seated House Republican majority supported the proposal.