On Friday (September 9), in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Vice President Kamala Harris called the Supreme Court an “activist” court.
Discussing the Supreme Court overturning of Roe v Wade, Harris expressed her belief. “I think this is an activist court,” she said.
Harris continued, stating that for “almost half a century,” there was “an established right for… women to make decisions about their own body as an extension of what we have decided to be, the privacy rights to which all people are entitled.”
She said that since the “court took that constitutional right away,” the nation was “suffering.”
The Vice President then noted the decision taken by the Supreme Court caused her to have “great concern about the integrity of the Court overall.”
Harris had previously promised to protect abortion rights, saying the Biden administration would “not let the filibuster stand in our way” at a meeting at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on July 18.
At that time, Harris proclaimed, “And yet we must recognize that there are those who are fighting to drag us backward.”
She blamed the ruling on “Extremist so-called leaders who are fighting to drag us backward,” adding that those same leaders were “attempting to undermine our democracy and assault our most fundamental freedoms.”
Following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade, Biden had expressed that “the only way we can secure a woman’s right to choose… is for Congress to restore the protections of Roe v. Wade as federal law,” adding, “No executive action from the president can do that.”