Vice President Kamala Harris spoke on reproductive rights for 19 minutes on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at the Savannah Civic Center. A select group of media and supporters were in attendance as Harris passionately spoke to the issue of abortion, saying "a profound harm" has been done to women as a result of abortion bans in states like Georgia.
"This is in fact a healthcare crisis," she said. "There is nothing hypothetical about this. Nineteen months ago, the highest court in our land took a constitutional right that had been recognized from the people of America and from the women of America."
Harris arrived from the Savannah-Hilton Head International airport and took to the podium at 1:26pm before concluding at 1:45pm. She was set to leave Savannah and return to Washington for an event scheduled Tuesday night. Along Martin Luther King Blvd. in Savannah, police lined the blocks from Gwinnett Street to Liberty Street to block off traffic when the Vice President was leaving town.
Police wait along Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Savannah to prepare for the departure of VP Kamala Harris
"It is not a partisan issue," Harris said of a woman's right to choose. "The government should not be making these decisions for people."
It was her 11th time visiting the state of Georgia in an official capacity since joining President Joe Biden's administration. It was the third stop on her nationwide “Fight for Reproductive Freedoms” Tour. The tour began in Wisconsin on Jan. 22, the 51st anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
Harris was in San Jose, California last week on tour stop number two. There, she was interrupted at least three times
by pro-Palestine demonstrators. In Savannah, one pro-Palestine protestor was escorted out
by a police officer after screaming "shame on you" and "you're committing genocide!"
"We know, in a healthy democracy, we value the freedom of all people to be heard," Harris said as the protestor exited. "But right now, we are talking about a different issue. And that is the issue of what has happened to the women and people of America as a result of the Dobbs decision."
Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization
was the 2022 landmark decision from the U.S. Supreme Court which held that the Constitution of the United States did not confer a right to an abortion. Georgia has a six-week abortion ban, making it illegal to have an abortion anytime after the six-week mark in a pregnancy.
Harris said that's "before many women even know that they are pregnant."
"That tells us something," she proclaimed. "Either these lawmakers don't know how a woman's body works, or they just don't care."
Harris charged former President Donald Trump with the blame for appointing three supreme court justices during his four years in office.
"Today, an untold number of women are suffering," she said. "Please do understand who is to blame. The former president Donald Trump hand-picked three justices of the United States Supreme Court because he intended for them to overturn Roe. He intended for them to take your freedoms. How dare he. How dare he."
"The former president is the architect of this healthcare crisis."