Kamala Harris Champions Abortion Rights At N.H. Campaign Stop

May 15, 2019

Sen. Kamala Harris during a campaign stop in Nashua.
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During a campaign stop in Nashua, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris criticized a measure passed Tuesday by the Alabama legislature that would ban nearly all abortions in that state.

“Let us all agree that women’s health care is under attack, and we will not stand for it,” Harris told a standing room only crowd inside of Girls, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to empowering young women.  

The Alabama statute, which is expected to be signed into law by Gov. Kay Ivey, would make performing an abortion a felony except in very limited circumstances.

Speaking with reporters afterwards, she called abortion rights a fundamental issue for her.

“When abortions were illegal in our country women died. They died, because they were not given choice,” said Harris.

Harris speaks with a young supporter after her rally inside Girls Inc. in Nashua.
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When pressed on what power a president may have on the issue of abortion rights, Harris said the office provides “the bully pulpit--and the bouquet of microphones that is in front of her at any given moment--to be a leader on an issue that directly impacts the health and wellbeing of women in our country.”

Along with criticizing the Alabama law, Harris also used her stump speech to highlight her support of ‘Medicare For All,’ universal background checks for firearms purchases, and the priorities of the Green New Deal to combat climate change.

She also peppered her remarks with criticism of President Donald Trump, who she says too often sides with the likes of Vladimir Putin of Russian and Kim Jong Un of North Korea instead of the U.S. intelligence agencies.

After Harris’s event in Nashua, she headed to Manchester for a private lunch with Mayor Joyce Craig.

This was the senator’s third swing through the Granite State since announcing her campaign earlier this year.