Biden, Harris Rally for Abortion Rights as Central 2024 Issue



by NOUMAN RASOOL

Biden, Harris Rally for Abortion Rights as Central 2024 Issue
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In a pivotal move for the 2024 campaign, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are set to rally for abortion rights in Virginia this Tuesday. This event marks their first joint campaign appearance, emphasizing their commitment to making abortion access a cornerstone issue, especially in anticipation of a potential electoral rematch against former President Donald Trump.

Biden is prepared to discuss the significant repercussions following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. He intends to highlight the solid support abortion rights have received from women voters in recent elections and outline the measures his administration has implemented to safeguard these rights, as per campaign statements.

Harris Leads Reproductive Rally

Vice President Harris is expected to play a prominent role in this campaign, as indicated by her strong stance against what the campaign describes as "MAGA Republican attacks on our reproductive freedoms." Both Biden and Harris, along with their spouses, will be addressing the rally, reinforcing their unified front on this issue.

Coinciding with the New Hampshire GOP primary, the rally also marks the 51st anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Harris initiated her "Fight for Reproductive Freedoms" tour in Wisconsin on Monday, indirectly criticizing Trump for his role in the Supreme Court's decision and his pride in this achievement, as evidenced by his comments during a Fox News town hall.

Harris emphasized the need for legislative action to restore Roe's protections, a task that requires significant Congressional support. The Biden campaign has been actively mobilizing surrogates across key states like Wisconsin, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina, to underline their opposition to abortion bans and Trump's policies.

Ad Highlights Abortion Struggles

A new TV ad by the Biden campaign, featuring a Texas mother forced to seek an abortion out of state due to life-threatening circumstances, poignantly illustrates the human impact of these restrictions.

The ad blames Trump's actions for her ordeal and highlights the dire situations women face under such bans. Biden, in a recent meeting with his Reproductive Healthcare Access task force, condemned "extreme Republicans" for endangering American lives with these bans.

He called for an end to such "outrageous" restrictions and urged Congress to codify abortion rights, despite current legislative challenges. Public opinion seems to be on their side, with a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll indicating that half of Americans would support a nationwide abortion law, and nearly 70% considering abortion access an important voting issue.

In the year since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, over a dozen states have enacted near-total abortion bans. Yet, in every referendum since the ruling, voters have overwhelmingly supported abortion rights, a trend Harris highlighted following a recent Ohio vote.

As the campaign progresses, Biden and Harris plan to maintain focus on Trump's impact on reproductive rights, hoping to replicate the Democratic victories seen in recent abortion-related votes. This strategy, as outlined by campaign manager Julie Chavez Rodriguez, is central to their efforts to secure reelection in 2024.

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