Kamala Harris to visit Charlotte to discuss abortion rights
Vice President Kamala Harris will visit Charlotte this Thursday to discuss abortion rights, reproductive health and the need for affordable, high-speed internet service.
Harris will meet with a group of state legislators. No plans were announced about a public appearance.
Harris’ last visit to the Queen City was in March. She was accompanied by Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg to discuss investment in transportation and infrastructure.
There are currently over a quarter of a million North Carolinians who lack adequate internet access, mostly due to a lack of infrastructure. Black and Latino North Carolinians, as well as those living in rural areas, are the most disadvantaged.
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The Vice President’s visit comes shortly after the controversial overturning of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court and during early voting in Charlotte.
Currently, abortion remains legal in Charlotte as many clinics see an influx of patients from other states seeking treatment.
However, come November, Republicans could limit or ban access to abortion should they gain a supermajority, allowing them to override vetoes from Governor Roy Cooper.
North Carolina Republicans have been vocal about working to outlaw abortion in North Carolina.
There is, however, an abortion limit after 20 weeks which could potentially be reinstated. A federal judge ruled the 20-week limit unconstitutional in 2019. Swiftly following the reversal of Roe v. Wade, North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger penned a letter to NC Attorney General Josh Stein, declaring the limit must be re-examined.
Earlier this afternoon, U.S. Representative Alma Adams was arrested for civil disobedience and blocking the street outside as part of a pro-choice protest outside of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Adams recently spoke on the House floor, stating her disapproval of the Supreme Court ruling.
Adams was one of 17 lawmakers arrested with members of the Democratic Women’s Caucus.
Adams posted bail and was released a few hours later.
Abortion, infrastructural investments, and reproductive health are all issues that will motivate the public to make it to the polls this November.
U.S. representative Alma Adams has been arrested following a Tuesday protest outside of the Supreme Court.
The protest came after the Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
According to the United States Capitol Police, 34 were arrested, 16 of which were U.S. representatives. The arrests were made following multiple warnings for civil disobedience and obstructing traffic.
But it wasn’t long before Adams was released. Her most recent tweet states “Thanks for the #FreeAlma tweets! I’ve paid bail and I’m on my way to vote.”