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VP Harris calls out Florida leaders for 15-week abortion ban

Kamala Harris is a heartbeat away from the presidency. Ron DeSantis is widely viewed as a leading presidential contender. Is the vice president's recent Florida visit a shot across the bow?

NY1 – In Florida, Vice President Kamala Harris called out state leaders who recently approved a 15-week abortion ban without exceptions for rape or incest.

Speaking at an annual annual gathering of nearly 12,000 members of her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Harris called on her fellow sorority sisters to “continue to activate” and build coalitions in November’s midterm elections as they did in 2020.

Harris told reporters earlier Thursday that she made the trip to Florida to discuss abortion rights because she and “a majority of Americans” agree that “women, including the women of Florida” should make reproductive decisions for themselves.

She later added:

“It’s not going to be easy. There are, as there have always been, forces that stand in our way.”

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“Forces that include extremist, so-called leaders who instead of expanding rights work to restrict rights.” 

“So-called leaders who are in the process of criminalizing doctors and punishing women who want to make healthy decisions for themselves.”

Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill in April to make abortion in the state illegal after 15 weeks, and it went into effect on July 1.

It provides no exception for women who become pregnant due to rape, incest or human trafficking, but does allow the procedure if it is necessary to save the life of the mother or if the fetus has a fatal abnormality.

Harris flew to Tampa later Thursday, where she was set to visit MacDill Air Force Base and meet with military leaders and service members.

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The vice president told reporters earlier Thursday that she made the trip to Florida to discuss abortion rights because she and “a majority of Americans” agree that “women, including the women of Florida” should make reproductive decisions for themselves … READ MORE. 

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