After saying that she had considered the decision in terms of how it could affect her “son and daughter” and as “an aunt of preschool children,” she told parents to think of how it could impact their own kids.
“First of all, if you are a parent of sons, do think about what this means for the life of your son and what it will mean in terms of the choices he will have,” Harris told the CNN interviewer.
“Do think about it in the context of the fact that they wrote this decision,” she said. Harris then mentioned “concurring opinions, that suggests that other rights such as the freedom to make decisions about when you’re going to start a family, the freedom and the right to make decisions about contraception, IUDS, what this is going to mean in terms of in-vitro fertilization.”
The majority opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito, made clear the ruling on Friday only applied to abortion. However, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote a concurring opinion that argued the Supreme Court should reconsider past rulings that relied on “substantive due process” such as that decisions that required all states to recognize same-sex “marriage” and allow sodomy and contraceptives.
During the interview, Harris also told CNN that she is the “daughter of a woman and a granddaughter of a woman.”
Harris’ comments drew criticism from conservatives.
“You mean, like he’ll have to take responsibility for his children and become a father, rather than cough up $500 for a hasty abortion or, worse, coerce the mother of his child into choosing abortion so he can get himself off the hook?” National Review reporter Alexandra DeSanctis Marr wrote on Tuesday in response. “It’s on occasions like this when I wonder if the vice president can even hear herself.”
Stephen Miller, a former adviser to President Donald Trump, also criticized Harris’ comments.
I know some horrid consultant told Dems to try to make aborting babies into a “men’s issue” but this is just ghastly and grisly. We should be raising men who understand that loving & supporting your kids is a sacred duty & wondrous blessing—not an inconvenience to be terminated.
— Stephen Miller (@StephenM) June 27, 2022
“I know some horrid consultant told Dems to try to make aborting babies into a ‘men’s issue’ but this is just ghastly and grisly,” he tweeted in a response to the clip of Harris talking. “We should be raising men who understand that loving & supporting your kids is a sacred duty & wondrous blessing—not an inconvenience to be terminated.”
“Eww. Not a good way of framing that issue,” conservative journalist Christopher Write tweeted.