Harris warns other rights could be in jeopardy after SCOTUS abortion ruling

Delivering remarks after the Supreme Court released its decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the nearly 50-year-old ruling that legalized abortion nationwide, Vice President Kamala Harris said on Friday that the high court’s decision could mean that other rights, such as the right to use birth control, same sex marriage and interracial marriage.

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KAMALA HARRIS: This is the first time in the history of our nation that a constitutional right has been taken from the people of America. And what is that right some might ask? It's the right to privacy. Think about it as the right for each person to make intimate decisions about heart and home.

Decisions about the right to start a family, including contraception, such as IUDs, the morning after pill. Decisions about whether to have a child, including, as Senator Durbin mentioned, through in-vitro fertilization. Decisions to marry the person you love-- "Obergefell v. Hodges," "Loving versus Virginia."

This opinion also says, when you read it, that abortion is not deeply rooted in our nation's history. They offer that in the opinion as a foundation for the decision they rendered today.

In holding that it is not deeply rooted in our history, today's decision on that theory then calls into question other rights that we thought were settled, such as the right to use birth control, the right to same sex marriage, the right to interracial marriage.