Vice President Kamala Harris conveniently left out a fundamental right when quoting the Declaration of Independence on Sunday to promote abortion.
On the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the now-reversed landmark Supreme Court case that established a federal right to abortion, Harris gave a speech in Florida in which she attacked Gov. Ron DeSantis and Republican lawmakers in the Sunshine State, whom she called "extremists," for protecting the rights of unborn children.
At the beginning of her speech, Harris quoted the Declaration of Independence — but omitted the right to "life."
"We are here together because we collectively believe and know America is a promise. America is a promise. It is a promise of freedom and liberty — not for some, but for all," Harris said.
"A promise we made in the Declaration of Independence that we are each endowed with the right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness," she continued.
Indeed, the opening of the Declaration of Independence declares:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Later in her speech, Harris suggested that Americans cannot "truly be free" without legalized abortion. Never mind the Constitution and its Bill of Rights.
Moreover, Harris used her speech to demand that Congress pass legislation codifying "reproductive rights" (i.e., abortion), conflating "reproductive rights" with "freedom and liberty." Harris promised that President Joe Biden would promptly sign into law any such legislation.
However, that is unlikely to happen because Republicans now control a majority in the House.
Also on Sunday, Biden signed a presidential memorandum to protect nationwide access to abortion medication. The memorandum does not usurp states that have outlawed such medication, but directs the government to explore protecting it.
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