(CNSNews.com) – Vice President Kamala Harris plans to deliver a speech about abortion rights on Sunday, the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade in Tallahassee, Fla., a state chosen because of its abortion ban and its proximity to other states with more restrictive abortion laws, the White House said on Friday.
“As you know, Florida is an important state as we’re talking about fighting for women’s health care for a few reasons, and let me just run through them. Florida has an abortion ban, which is on the books, so that’s number one,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.
“It is the third largest state in the country as you all know, and it’s surrounded by several states, several states around its border with even more restrictive abortion laws, and those, excuse me, bans, which are in place as well, and because Florida’s ban is less stringent than in the neighboring states, the state has increasingly become a place where women can go to access care there,” she said.
“Yet right now the state is considering an even more extreme ban on the books, which would be devastating not just for Florida women, but if you think about, again the southern region, if you think about the states that Florida borders, and so it is important in this moment that we are currently in, and also it was the first state that the vice president visited after the devastating situation that we received just a couple months ago,” Harris said, referring to the Dobbs decision that allowed states to make their own abortion laws.
“And so again, this is something that after the Dobbs decision, we felt– she felt it would be a good state for the 50th anniversary, which would have been the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade,” the press secretary said.
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