Civil rights

Vice President Harris’ remarks before a meeting with civil and reproductive rights leaders

Diplomatic reception room
Eisenhower Executive Office Building

5:10 p.m. EDT

THE VICE-PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everyone. I want to thank the leaders here at the table and virtually at the table for all the work you do and have been doing for so long.

Thank you for the outreach that you have provided to me and the President to bring everyone together to have this conversation and to join civil rights leaders with reproductive rights and justice leaders, to come together in the spirit of partnership, collaboration, community building, coalition building and building a movement.

Because we certainly know that with the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs to take a constitutional right, which had been recognized, of the American people, of American women – created a health care crisis in America and highlighted the fact that, as we all know, we have to be vigilant and we have to stick together to ensure that every voice is represented in a way that allows them equal access to everything they need to flourish. And this post-Dobbs moment highlights the fact that we still have a lot of work to do.

So we came together, understanding our shared principles and goals based on the history of work and the ongoing work that each of you do every day. And so I want to thank you for that.

And – and I will say that when we think about the intersection between the civil rights movement and the movement for reproductive health and justice, there is an extraordinary intersection of interests and priorities and spirit around what means standing up for everyone and ensuring that all people have equal access to what they need.

I would also like to mention that it is certainly, in our opinion, not by accident, but probably by design, that we are witnessing, from some of the same sources, attacks on women’s rights to health, the right to voting, LGBTQ rights.

So we are here in full recognition of what is happening in our country and the need to bring together people who sometimes have seemingly nothing in common but, in fact, have everything in common.

So with that, thank you again. It’s a movement that I believe is about freedom, justice, and some of the core values ​​that our country was founded on and that we need to stand up for.

So with that, thank you. I will now turn to Emmy Ruiz, who serves as the head of political strategy and outreach for the White House and our administration, to moderate our discussion. Emma.