Vice President Kamala Harris’ omission of the right to “life” when quoting the Declaration of Independence Sunday has drawn the ire of pro-life activists, with one progressive pro-life leader calling her a “traitor” to the Democratic Party’s values.
During a speech Sunday commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade abortion ruling, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide, Harris cited the Declaration of Independence, the 1776 document signed by the Continental Congress as the 13 colonies severed their ties to Great Britain.
The court overturned Roe this summer in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, allowing states to once again enact more stringent abortion restrictions or outlaw the practice entirely.
“We collectively believe and know America is a promise. … It is a promise of freedom and liberty, not just some but for all. We are each endowed with the right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” Harris said.
The document’s original text reads: “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.”
Katie Glenn, state policy director for Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, told The Christian Post that the omission of “life” seemed “intentional” considering the administration’s stance on abortion.
“Unfortunately, this administration has made it a point to say that the only policy that they’ll support is the most extreme abortion on demand agenda,” Glenn said, noting that Harris appears to have held up “liberty” and “pursuit of happiness” to justify an “unfettered right to abortion.”
Glenn noted that these rights don’t exist “if you don’t make it down the birth canal.”
“Liberty and pursuit of happiness and property and any number of other rights that our founders described as important are out of reach,” Glenn said.
Terrisa Bukovinac, the founder and executive director of Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising, believes “there are few people in Washington more complicit in the mass murder of the unborn than Kamala Harris.”
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