Vice President Kamala Harris hosted a roundtable Monday with faith leaders on the state of reproductive health care in the United States.
“The faith leaders that are gathered here today are representative of many different faiths, many different communities, but share a common purpose which is to bring healing and hope and sense of community to all people,” Harris said.
The event, held at the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor headquarters, comes as a leaked draft opinion suggests that the Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, which will likely cause abortion to banned or greatly restricted in about half the U.S. states.
Experts and advocates also fear repercussions could reach even further, affecting care for women who miscarry, couples seeking fertility treatments and access to some forms of contraception.
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“People should have the right to make decisions about their own bodies. And should have unfettered access to reproductive health care. That conversation in my mind involves whether we value the concept of self-determination, the ability of the individual to make decisions about their own life, the future of their life, the choices that will directly impact so many other choices.
“I do believe that when we look at the challenge that we will face when that decision will come down, a part of it will impact directly of indirectly other privacy rights including the right to have access to contraception. And the right to marry the person you like. And how will we then, as those who are guided by our faith, who believe in the best of who we are , how will we speak with and talk about the people who will be directly impacted by that decision?”
According to NY1.com, the following joined Harris:
Rev. Edgar Boyd, pastor of First AME Church in Los Angeles; Rabbi Dara Frimmer of Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles; Sikh civil rights advocate and attorney Nitasha Kaur Sawhney; the Rev. Amos Brown, pastor of Third Baptist Church in San Francisco; and Pastor Demetries Edwards of the 23rd Avenue Church of God in Oakland.
Sen. Alex Padilla, D-California, Rep. Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles, and Mayor Eric Garcetti were also among those present.