CHICAGO (TOC) — Vice President Kamala Harris is in Chicago Friday to participate in a political rally at UIC.
The vp is with Governor JB Pritzker as they work to energise Democrats forward of the overall election.
Vice President Harris touched down for a day of politics in Chicago, greeted by a small delegation of native feminine Democratic lawmakers.
Harris arrives as Chicago is squarely within the crosshairs of a number of nationwide controversial political points, specifically, abortion rights and immigration.
However all eyes on the November election which is now lower than two months away.
A few hundred of the social gathering devoted gathering for the rally, becoming a member of many state and native elected officers who pressured the significance of attending to the polls for the November election.
“We’ve a mission and in 53 days, we have to ship a robust message that Illinois and Chicago helps girls’s proper to decide on,” mentioned Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
Whereas abortion rights are enshrined in Illinois legislation, it was the important thing rallying cry amongst audio system who see the overturning of Roe vs. Wade as one to impress assist for democrats.
“Roe-ember is coming. In Roe-vember, we are going to present them that Illinois votes. That right here in Illinois, we’re by no means going to again down on defending reproductive rights,” mentioned Illinois Home Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch.
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Earlier within the day, she additionally mentioned the battle for reproductive well being care.
In her first cease of the day, Harris sat with Chicago’s mayor, Governor Pritzker and abortion suppliers.
After the Supreme Courtroom’s ruling overturning the nationwide constitutional proper to abortion, Illinois is now one of many solely states within the Midwest that is vowed to proceed offering protections for ladies in search of abortions.
With abortion a key situation for democrats this election, one they hope will drive girls to the polls, the vp thanksed Governor Pritzker for shielding a girl’s proper to decide on whereas different states round Illinois are imposing restrictions.
“So we convened at present to speak about — we in every of our respective positions of management — what we are able to do individually and collectively to handle this situation and, frankly, this injustice,” Harris mentioned. “It’s via the management of governors, like Governor Pritzker, that we glance to for what states, like Illinois, have been and proceed to do to not solely present for the ladies of this state however because the governor has mentioned, and he and I’ve talked about this, underneath his management to be a secure haven for ladies across the state and in neighboring and surrounding states.”
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Medical suppliers in Illinois advised the vp that the elevated demand is weighing closely on them.
“Right now is strictly 12 weeks publish Dobbs. We’ve obtained calls from over 4,500 individuals in search of assist. Folks from over 40 states and two international locations have obtained our assist in accessing abortion care proper right here in Illinois,” mentioned Megan Jafo, with Chicago Abortion Funds.
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This comes only a day after Indiana’s close to complete ban on abortion went into impact. It prohibits nearly all abortions, besides in instances of rape, incest, or if the lifetime of the mom or fetus are in peril.
“It is despicable. It is misogynistic and it is lethal. There is no doubt that our nation is headed down a harmful spiral, one the place a radical few dictate who does and would not deserve rights,” Governor Pritzker mentioned.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot advised the vp what her administration in Chicago has completed to try to broaden entry to abortions in Chicago, in addition to defend suppliers and folks touring from out of state.
“I issued an Government Order earlier this summer time that barred any metropolis company, and notably our police division, from cooperating in any manner with any of those states which can be in search of that form of info to attempt to capitalize girls or suppliers. We all know how to do this, as a result of we have completed that in a context of not cooperating with ice relating to immigration points,” Lightfoot mentioned.
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“Elections matter. We’ve a midterm developing in 53 days, who’s your governor issues whether or not they’re gonna defend these rights and assist these rights to freedom and liberty, it issues,” Harris mentioned.
Now Vice President Harris mentioned she’s going to take what she heard in Chicago again to lawmakers in Washington.
The Republican Nationwide Committee responded to all of this in a press release saying: “If Kamala Harris, JB Pritzker and Lori Lightfoot spent as a lot time fixing their insurance policies that introduced Chicagoans rising taxes, historic inflation, and rampant crime as they did speaking about abortion, Chicago voters may be capable of present for his or her households and hold them secure.”
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