Americans don’t have to give up their faith to support abortion rights in the United States, Vice President Kamala Harris argued Wednesday.
Harris made the statement while speaking at an abortion rights conference in Connecticut, where he participated in a panel discussion with Planned Parenthood President Alexis McGill Johnson and Rep. Jahana Hayes, D-Conn. Hayes pressed Harris to explain how a person can still support abortion rights even if their religious beliefs declare it immoral.
“What would you say to someone who understands why abortion should be a personal decision between a pregnant person and whoever else they decide to bring into the conversation, but feels they can’t reconcile that with their faith?” Hayes asked, reading a question from the audience.
“That’s such an important point to raise,” Harris replied. “It’s her choice, and it should be her choice to make, if she chooses to consult with a loved one, with a health care provider, with her faith leader.”
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“I’m saying this: You don’t have to give up your faith or your beliefs to accept that the government shouldn’t make that decision for her,” she continued. “It’s literally that basic.”
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Harris’ statement hit close to home for President Biden’s administration, given the president’s own claims to be personally opposed to abortion. Biden attends Catholic services but rejects the church’s doctrines on abortion.
Biden came under fire for his abortion stance on Sunday when he sent a confusing tweet on the subject.
“My dad used to say, ‘Joey, don’t compare me to the Almighty. Compare me to the alternative.’ And here’s the deal: Democrats want to codify Roe. Republicans want a national abortion ban. The choice is clear,” the tweet read.
Biden received a series of derisive responses as a result.
“Devout Catholic Update,” tweeted Newsbuster managing editor Tim Graham.
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Daily Caller news editor Grayson Quay tweeted: “The Almighty will have plenty to say about your willingness to facilitate the industrial slaughter of the unborn to cement your own political power.”