Vice President Kamala Harris told reporters on Friday that Americans can support abortion without “abandoning their faith.” She made her comments in response to questions about the impending decision of the U.S. Supreme Court that is expected to possibly reverse its 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade declaring abortion to be a federal constitutional right.
She declared that she sees no conflict between religious teachings or practice and supporting nationwide legal protection for abortion on demand.
She said that she is herself a person of faith, adding that “many of us” agree that there is no reason for any person to change their faith beliefs to accommodate elective abortion. She distilled the entire debate to “simply saying” the government should not be able to “decide what an individual does with her own body.”
Harris said the decision regarding abortion should be made with a pastor, rabbi, or whoever a woman consults.
Of course, Harris completely supported the administration’s actions during the pandemic to mandate that every American receive a COVID-19 vaccine without regard for religious objections.
The Catholic Church teaches that abortion is a mortal sin and that all human life begins no later than the moment of conception. Harris has previously described herself as being Christian, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi agrees with Harris’ argument that supporting abortion has no bearing on religious belief.
Like Joe Biden, Pelosi has regularly professed her faith, recently describing herself as a “very Catholic person.” She said that even so, she is convinced every woman has an absolute right to “choose to live up to her responsibility.”
More than a dozen states have enacted legislation that would automatically go into effect if the Supreme Court in fact does overturn Roe v. Wade. The recent leak of a draft opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito in the case arising from Mississippi that calls for the outright reversal of Roe indicates that a majority of the court is poised to do so.
The leaked opinion is not a final ruling, however, and there will be no certainty about the official ruling until it is actually issued. The final decision in that case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, is expected to be issued by the Supreme Court by the end of this month or early in July.