Kamala Harris was a featured speaker at the EMILY’s List gala Tuesday. The timing of the event was convenient for the pro-abortion fundraising organization given the leak of a draft of the Supreme Court’s opinion on overturning Roe v Wade. The leak from the Supreme Court dominated the news cycle and the freak out from Democrats and others has been spectacular. Kamala took an indignant tone as she expressed her anger. Her refrain was “How dare they?”.
“There is nothing hypothetical about this moment,” Harris declared. “How dare they. How dare they tell a woman what she can do with her own body. How dare they try to stop her from determining her own future. How dare they try to deny women their rights and their freedoms.”
“It has never been more clear which party wants to expand our rights and which party wants to restricts them,” she continued.
She’s not exactly a deep thinker so this is the kind of reaction that seems normal coming from her. The mission of EMILY’s List is to raise money for Democrat female candidates and the one requirement for their support is that the candidate must be pro-abortion. That’s it. The focus this year is to help Democrats hold their Senate majority.
Kamala delivered the standard talking point – “Women’s rights in America are under attack.” But then she said, “Today we know our purpose, we also know what we are up against.” Is the “purpose” of Democrats to extinguish the lives of the next generation while they are in the womb? That’s what abortion does. Seems like a ghoulish purpose to be touting. If the leaked draft stands, there is a possibility is can overturn Planned Parenthood v Casey, too. The Casey decision came in 1992 and it protected abortion services while allowing states to add limitations.
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She rallied the crowd with “Let us fight with everything we’ve got.” Rest assured that Democrats hope that their voters will be motivated to get out and vote in November midterm elections. If this decision does the trick or not remains to be seen. This is May and November is a long way away in election cycle time. It seems like if they wanted to make this decision, if it stands, the leaker would have waited longer to run to Politico. (I’m still inclined to think that the leaker is a liberal, pro-abortion activist hoping to sway the conservative justices to change their votes.)
Democrats are making noise about trying to codify Roe v Wade but they tried that before and didn’t muster the votes. It would take 60 votes in the Senate and Democrats don’t have the votes to end the filibuster rules. I don’t imagine an election year vote will be to their advantage right now either. Other big name Democrats spoke to the attendees, including Stacey Abrams and Chuck Schumer. Abrams uttered a popular trope among abortion supporters – if Roe v Wade is overturned, look out, LGBTQ people and people of color. It’s always about race and sex with Democrats when an opinion doesn’t go their way.
Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said the “terrible” decision should galvanize Democrats and Americans concerned about civil liberties. She warned that the draft opinion, authored by Justice Samuel Alito, also threatens freedoms won by LGBTQ people and Americans of color.
“The abomination of that leaked opinion is coming for every one of us and we have got to be ready to fight back,” Abrams said. “It is our right to control our bodies. This is about our dignity and our freedom. This is about our health and our welfare. This is about our future and our lives. And we have the right to be angry.”
I would argue that the “abomination” was the leak itself and the attempt made to destroy the working relationship among the justices as well as public confidence in the Supreme Court, but maybe that’s just me. A leak from the court, especially one of this significance, was unimaginable before Monday night. So much for a return to normal, right?
Schumer is “infuriated” about the news.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he was “infuriated” by the news, saying justices who signed on to the draft opinion lied during their Senate confirmation hearings when they said they would respect Supreme Court precedent. He pointed a finger directly at the GOP, saying Republicans spent the hours after the document leaked blaming the leaker rather than the precedent it would upend.
“They don’t want to focus on Roe v. Wade, where they know they’re on the wrong side of history and the wrong side of the American people,” Schumer said. “Blame for this decision falls squarely on Senate Republicans who spent years pushing extremist judges while claiming this day would never come.”
It’s funny that Schumer and others label pro-life decisions by justices as the result of extremist judges. Is it extreme to preserve human life or to support destroying it? Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are unalienable rights named in the Declaration of Independence. If Democrats are going to make emotional pleas about freedom and human rights, shouldn’t they acknowledge that life is the first named in that document?
I’m not at all convinced that abortion will be the issue that drives their voters to the polls in November. Americans are not usually single issue voters. Issues like the economy, the possibility of a recession, inflation, massive federal spending, and other so-called kitchen table issues will weigh heavy on the minds of voters as they head to the polls. National security will play a role in decisions made, especially the issues of immigration and the southern border, as well as Biden’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan which began his polling spiral downward. Americans are tense about Putin’s war in Ukraine and the effects it has on the world. And, there’s also the problems of food supply and supply chain problems that still are with us. In other words, there are lots of issues for voters to be concerned about and I don’t think abortion is going to be a top issue. The midterms will be about pocketbook issues.