Vice President Kamala Harris was not pleased with a Supreme Court ruling Friday that let a pro-life Texas law remain in effect while a legal challenge against it proceeds.
The law in question, Senate Bill 8, bans abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, and permits private individuals to sue people who carry out abortions. As Fox News reported, the ruling allowed a legal challenge against the bill to continue, but said the legislation itself can stay in effect while that happens.
Harris didn’t seem happy with that ruling.
“The ruling today is an attempt to undo — in terms of what’s happening in Texas, Mississippi, and around the country — is an attempt to undo 50 years of precedent.,” she told reporters Friday, referring to pro-life bills that have been proposed and passed in conservative-run states around the nation.
She also said a woman’s “right” to have an abortion is “non-negotiable.”
“And as far as I’m concerned and as far as our administration is concerned, a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body is non-negotiable,” the vice president said.
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“And so we will continue to fight for the constitutional right of all women to make decisions about their own body without interference by some legislative group of people that think that they can replace their judgment with hers,” she added.
In a statement, President Joe Biden expressed similar sentiments about the ruling.
“I am very concerned by the Supreme Court’s decision to allow SB8 to remain in effect in light of the significant consequences that law has for women in Texas and around the country, and for the rule of law,” he said.
“As I have made clear from Day One, I am deeply committed to the constitutional right recognized in Roe v. Wade nearly five decades ago,” the president added.
Biden said he will continue fighting for a woman’s “right” to terminate a pregnancy.
“While it is encouraging that the Court ruled that part of the providers’ lawsuit may continue, this ruling reinforces that there is so much more work to be done — in Texas, in Mississippi, and in many states around the country where women’s rights are currently under attack,” he said.
“We have more work to do, but I will always stand with women to protect and defend their long-recognized, constitutional right under Roe v. Wade.”