Remarks by Vice President Harris at a Campaign Event

University of Maryland

College Park, Maryland

11:56 A.M. EDT

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Kate Cox!  (Applause.)  Isn’t she extraordinary?  And what good news.  Just extraordinary, Kate.  As I said to you and your husband backstage, you really have been so courageous and such a leader in this movement. 

You know, I — I shared with Kate that — and please have a seat if — if there are chairs.  (Laughter.)  They have chairs.  (Laughs.) 

I said to Kate that, you know, I think, in moments of crisis, that the universe has a way of revealing the heroes among us who show extraordinary courage — not looking for any award or reward but just because they feel so strongly about something and being a voice for so many people. 

And, Kate, you are a hero of this movement and in this moment, and thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you.

And I want to thank all the elected officials and members of Congress who are here — (applause) — Senator Van Hollen, Representative Glenn Ivey. 

And I will acknowledge the next senator from the great state of Maryland, my dear friend, Angela Alsobrooks.  (Applause.)

And to all the leaders who are here and have been fighting, are fighting to make sure every woman in our nation, every person in our nation can access the care they need and, in particular, reproductive healthcare.

So, this is a fight for freedom — the fundamental freedom of a woman to make decisions about her own body and not having her government tell her what to do. 

Two years ago today — (applause) — two years ago today, I think many of us remember where we were.  Two years ago today, the highest court in our land, the court of Thurgood and RBG, took a constitutional right that had been recognized from the people of America, from the women of America. 

And two years ago, on that day, I actually made a prediction that overturning Roe v. Wade would be the opening shot on a full-on assault, state by state, on reproductive freedom.  And that is exactly what happened. 

Over the past two years, in states across our nation, extremists have proposed and passed laws that criminalize doctors and punish women — laws that limit access to contraception and to fertility treatments like IVF.  Even some of them trying to revive laws from the 1800s. 

Today in America, one in three women — one in three women of reproductive age lives in a state with an abortion ban.  Many with no exception even for rape or incest. 

Today, our daughters know fewer rights than their grandmothers. 

This is a healthcare crisis.  And we all know who is to blame: Donald Trump. 

And how do we know?  Well, as many of you know, I’m a former prosecutor.  So, let’s just look at the facts, shall we?

When he was in the White House, Donald Trump handpicked three members of the United States Supreme Court because he intended for them to overturn Roe v. Wade.  And as he intended, they did.  So, it was premeditated. 

Since, extremist legislators across our nation have passed ban after band after ban.  He had accomplices.

And Trump has not denied, much less shown remorse for his actions.  Instead, he quote, “proudly takes credit” for overturning Roe. 


THE VICE PRESIDENT:  My fellow Americans, in a court of law, that would be called an “admission” and, some would say, a “confession” all pointing to the ultimate issue.  In the case of the stealing of reproductive freedom from the women of America, Donald Trump is guilty.  (Applause.)

And over the past two years, we have seen the impact of these Trump abortion bans — the horrific, heartbreaking reality that women have been facing every single day in our country.  Women have been refused care during a miscarriage, turned away from the emergency room, and only given care when they develop sepsis.  We have seen attacks on IVF, women denied the freedom to make some of the most personal decisions in their lives. 

And understand: As much harm as he has already caused, a second Trump term would be even worse.  His friends in the United States Congress are trying to pass a national ban that would outlaw abortion in every single state — in states like New York and California and even right here in Maryland.


THE VICE PRESIDENT:  And we all know if Donald Trump gets the chance, he will sign that ban.  And how do we know?  Well, when Congress tried to pass a national ban in 2017, he endorsed it and he promised to sign it if it got to his desk.  And now, he wants us to believe he will not sign a national abortion ban.   Look, enough with the gaslighting.  (Applause.)  Enough.

And if we needed any more proof on where he stands on this issue, Donald Trump just announced he has already decided who his running mate will be.  Without knowing that person’s name — (laughs) — we already know it is someone who wants to ban abortion.  Every person on his shortlist either supported a ban in their state or supported a national ban. 

And it doesn’t stop there.  If there were a second Trump term, he has admitted that he is, quote, “looking at” restrictions on contraception.  And pay close attention to how his friends in the United States Senate obstructed a bill to protect the right to contraception not once, not twice, but three times.

So, it comes down to this.  Donald Trump thinks the government is in a better position to tell women what’s in their best interest than women are to know for themselves.  But Joe Biden and I trust women.  (Applause.)  And women trust all of us to fight for their most fundamental freedoms.  (Applause.)

And fight we will.  And fight we will.

And, you know, as I travel our country, it is clear that most Americans do believe one does not have to abandon their faith or deeply held beliefs to agree the government should not be telling her what to do with her body.  (Applause.)

And when Congress passes a law that restores the reproductive freedoms of Roe, our President, Joe Biden, will sign it into law.  (Applause.)

AUDIENCE:  Four more years!  Four more years!  Four more years!


So, here’s the bottom line.  Here’s the bottom line.  It’s going to take all of us to get there.  (Applause.)  It’s going to take all of us to get there, and momentum is on our side.

Think about it.  Since Roe was overturned, every time reproductive freedom has been on the ballot, the people of America have voted for freedom.  (Applause.)  From Kansas to California to Kentucky, in Michigan, Montana, Vermont, and Ohio, the people of America have voted for freedom — and not by a little but often by overwhelming margins, proving this is not — this is not a partisan issue, proving that the voice of the people has been heard and will be heard.

So, today I ask: Are you ready to make your voices heard?  (Applause.)

Do we trust women?  (Applause.)

Do we believe in freedom?  (Applause.)

Do we believe in the promise of America?  (Applause.)

Are we ready to fight for it?  (Applause.)

And when we fight, we win!

God bless you.  And God bless America. 

Thank you.  (Applause.)

END                       12:07 P.M. EDT

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