Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday called for Roe v. Wade — the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision affirming that women have a constitutional right to an abortion — to become law.
“We need to codify Roe v. Wade,” Harris told reporters at the White House, where she met with abortion providers and activists.
Her comments came after the Justice Department earlier Thursday sued Texas over the state’s new anti-abortion law, arguing that it was enacted “in open defiance of the Constitution.”
“Today the DOJ has spoken loudly in saying that this law is patently unconstitutional,” Harris said during the meeting.
The legislation, known as Senate Bill 8 or SB8, bans abortion after cardiac activity is detected, around six weeks, and leaves enforcement up to private citizens, using civil lawsuits instead of criminal prosecution. It authorizes payment of $10,000 or more to anyone who successfully accuses a person in court of performing or aiding an abortion.