Vice President Kamala Harris denounced Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ support of the ruling that reversed Roe v. Wade.
In her address to attendees of an event for Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker in Chicago, Harris claimed contraceptive and same-sex marriage would be next if Republicans gain the majority in both Congressional chambers in the midterms.
Repeating similar talking points she and other Democrats have espoused since the overturning of Roe v. Wade, Harris began her criticism, saying, “Justice Clarence Thomas said the quiet part out loud.”
She continued, “In the Dobbs decision, his piece of it was to say… marriage equality is on the line, contraception is on the line. So, see what is happening and what is at play here.”
She expressed the importance of Democrats holding “on to our numbers in the House and the Senate because, without Democratic majorities in Congress, the writing on the wall seems to be pretty clear about what other rights they’ll also come after.”
On June 24, the Supreme Court issued its ruling on the Dobbs v Jackson case, which overturned a 50-year precedent that gave abortion federal protection in a 6-3 vote. All justices who voted to overturn Dobb were nominated by Republican Presidents.
Justice Samuel Alito penned the majority opinion.
“The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled, and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives,” the syllabus for the ruling read.
In a concurring opinion credited to Thomas, other due process precedents are listed for review.
Ones like Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015 that granted same-sex couples the right to get married.