Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jul 31, 2023 / 15:05 pm
Vice President Kamala Harris lamented the growing number of states that have restricted abortion since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe V. Wade and encouraged Congress to enact pro-abortion legislation, drawing ire from national pro-life groups.
“There’s something underlying this approach that states like Iowa have taken that really suggests that they’re — that they don’t trust women to be able to know what’s in their best interests and make the decision accordingly,” Harris said in an interview with “ABC News Live Prime,” which the station plans to air in full on Monday night.
Iowa is the latest state to approve new abortion restrictions when the state’s governor signed a six-week abortion ban earlier this month. A state judge temporarily halted its enforcement as the court weighs arguments about its compatibility with the state constitution. The law would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
The vice president suggested that the federal government step in and codify the abortion standards set in Roe v. Wade, which is in line with what President Joe Biden and his administration have called for since the Supreme Court overturned that decision. This would prevent states from enacting pro-life legislation.