‘I am Kamala Harris, my pronouns are she and her, and I am a woman sitting at the table wearing a blue suit’: VP introduces herself at roundtable on impact of Roe v Wade being overturned
- VP said at a meeting with disability advocates Tuesday: ‘I am Kamala Harris, my pronouns are she and her, I am a woman sitting at the table wearing a blue suit’
- Harris said that the overturn of Roe v. Wade ‘uniquely impacts’ women with disabilities
- Event was to mark the 32nd anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act
‘I am Kamala Harris, my pronouns are she and her, I am a woman sitting at the table wearing a blue suit,’ the vice president said at the top of the meeting.
The event was to mark the 32nd anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
She said that the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade last month is particularly concerning to her due to the effects it could have on Americans with disabilities, claiming that the ‘decision will uniquely impact’ this community.
Self description of her attire was for the benefit of any participants who are visually impaired, but her gender identification led to criticism from Republicans.
‘Okay…but what is a woman?’ Colorado Representative Lauren Boebert tweeted in response to a clip of the comments. Georgia Representative Andrew Clyde shared the exact same question in his own tweet.
Both lawmakers are referencing new Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson claiming during her confirmation hearings that she could not define ‘woman’ since she is not a biologist. This line has become a frequent right-wing attack against Democrats and the LBGTQ community.
Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene wrote her own parody introduction: I am Marjorie Taylor Greene. I am a woman. I am a mother. And I am sick of this [s***].’
The Vice President began a roundtable with disability advocates on Tuesday by saying: ‘I am Kamala Harris, my pronouns are she and her, I am a woman sitting at the table wearing a blue suit’
Harris said that the overturn of Roe v. Wade ‘uniquely impacts’ women with disabilities. The event Tuesday was to mark the 32nd anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Harris sat at the head of the table in her ceremonial office Tuesday and was wearing a mask after coming in close contact with President Joe Biden, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.
‘We know that all people with disabilities, of course in the United States should have full access to reproductive care and reproductive care,’ the vice president said. ‘But these abortion restrictions that are being put in place in our country, by extremist, so-called leaders in various states, will have disproportionate impacts on people with disabilities.’
Criticism against Harris over her remarks on Tuesday also point to her inaction as the so-called ‘border czar’ in charge of addressing the southern border crisis.
‘I don’t care what your pronouns are or what color your suit is,’ Representative Jeff Duncan wrote on Twitter. ‘What are you doing to address our southern border crisis, ‘Border Czar’?’
Harris added toward the end of the event Tuesday that the ruling overturning federal abortion rights in the U.S. did ‘so much that is going to undo the spirit of that principle’.
Speakers also included Maria Town of the American Association of People with Disabilities; Lydia Brown of the Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network; Robin Wilson- Beattie, founder of the Disability Sexual and Reproductive Health Educator; Dior Vargas of the Disability Rights and Mental Health Advocate; and Sam Crane, legal director at Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities.
The vice president’s office said that Harris aims to ’emphasize the Administration’s commitment to protecting reproductive rights and share how the Administration has been, and will continue to, fight for the bodily autonomy and self-determination of all individuals with disabilities.’
In late June the Supreme Court issued an opinion that overturned the 50-year-old decision that protection abortion on the federal level. Now it is up to states to individually enact and enforce laws related to abortion access.
Thirteen states had so-called ‘trigger laws’ that immediately banned abortion when Roe was overturned this summer.