On Friday’s “Hallie Jackson Reports” show on MSNBC, Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) said we’re talking about banning abortion “in a country that doesn’t have paid holidays, that has no childcare, on the heels of an infant formula shortage.
Pressley said Vice President Kamala Harris’s reaction to the decision “spoke the anger, the sense of betrayal that all who value freedom, the constitutional right to health care – and abortion care are health care – feel right now. And this vulnerability will be borne disproportionately by our most marginalized. We know there is a crisis of black maternal morbidity. This is a question that Vice President Harris has pondered. Black women are three to four times more likely to die in childbirth. We know that for those who cannot afford to travel to safe haven states, they will have no options. And so, it’s a matter of life and death for our LGBTQ brothers and sisters, for people with disabilities, for low-income women, for women of color, for black women, the fact that we come together – as she said it – with less rights tonight than we started this morning, that we could be talking about forced birth in a country that has no paid holidays, that has no child care, as a result of shortage of infant formula.
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