Kamala Harris Fuels Republican Fire by Refusing to Take a Stand on Abortion Limits

Where does Vice President Kamala Harris stand on abortion limits? If her recent comments are any indication, she may not have any better answer to that than you do. Here is the full story.

Harris Wants Roe v. Wade to Be a Federal Law

During a recent appearance on Face the Nation, Kamala Harris told moderator Margaret Brennan that she had a very clear stance on abortion.

What Harris wants, she insisted, is for Roe v. Wade to be reinstated.

But the vice president doesn’t just want the Supreme Court to vacate their 2022 decision on the long-standing abortion protection. Instead, Harris wants it turned into a federal law.

Gives a Vague Answer

That stance prompted a follow-up question from Brennan, and it turned into a deer-in-the-headlights moment for the VP.

“What is it that you believe? I mean, what week of pregnancy should abortion access be cut off?” Brennan asked. Harris responded by wrapping herself in the party line: “We need to restore the protections of Roe v. Wade.”

Brennan wasn’t content with that answer, though, and pushed Harris for more details. The commentator pointed out that Roe v. Wade generally allowed for abortions until the point of fetal viability.

Repeats Pro-Abortion Rhetoric

Not everyone agrees on where that viability line is, though, with a general scientific consensus seeming to be 21-24 weeks. It depends on the circumstances, though.

But Harris wouldn’t even get that specific. She just swaddled herself again in the rhetoric of the need to restore the protections of Roe v. Wade.

Brennan tried from several angles to get a more line-in-the-sand answer from the vice president, but Harris continued her tap dance.

At one point, Harris even brought President Joe Biden into the fray.

“From day one, the president has been clear, I have been clear. We need to put back the protections that are in Roe v. Wade into law,” Harris said.

Sidestepped Issue of Abortion Limits

Brennan then tried a different tack, poking at Harris with the claims coming from Republicans. Many in the GOP say that Democrats are dead set on allowing abortions all the way through the term of pregnancy.

Predictably, Harris bristled at that idea and said the Republican claims were completely ridiculous.

Harris also said that Republicans were jumping to conclusions about the Democrat stance of trying to restore Roe v. Wade.

Stirring emotions by bringing up full-term abortion is “mischaracterization of the point” about the importance of Roe v. Wade, the vice president said.

When Brennan tried to open the door one last time for Harris to get specific, the VP continued to sidestep the issue of abortion limits.

So, No Limits, Then? 

By refusing to specify a timeframe when she thinks abortion is reasonable, Harris plays into Republican speculation about what her true intentions are.

Since many progressives have argued over the years that abortion should be a decision between a woman and her doctor, regardless of how far along a pregnancy is, Harris’s silence on the subject leaves her detractors to assume she falls into that no-limits camp, rightly or not.

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