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Kamala Harris announces coast-to-coast abortion rights tour

By Jake Beardslee · December 19, 2023

In brief…

  • Harris announced nationwide "Fight for Our Reproductive Freedoms Tour" to rally for abortion rights before 2024 election
  • Tour kicks off in Wisconsin on 51st anniversary of Roe v. Wade decision
  • Follows Harris's earlier college tour focused on reproductive rights and other issues
  • Harris acknowledges need to "earn our re-elect" in face of low polls vs. Trump
  • Effort aims to energize voters around abortion rights heading into next election
Vice President Kamala Harris has launched a nationwide tour to rally support for abortion rights leading into the 2024 election.  The White House/Wikimedia

Vice President Kamala Harris has announced a nationwide tour to rally support for abortion rights leading up to the 2024 election. In a video message, Harris said “Across our nation, there is a full-on attack on a woman’s fundamental freedom to make decisions about her own body. In the new year, I will be traveling the country to organize, build community and fight back. Because when we fight, we win.”

The “Fight for Our Reproductive Freedoms Tour” will kick off in Wisconsin on January 22nd, the 51st anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that established abortion rights nationwide.

The tour will highlight personal stories and bring together advocates to urge action from Congress while outlining steps the Biden administration is taking to protect access to care. Harris has mobilized support through over 50 events in 16 states since the overturning of Roe.

Harris emphasized that “I will continue to fight for our fundamental freedoms while bringing together those throughout America who agree that every woman should have the right to make decisions about her own body — not the government.”

The tour follows Harris’s “Fight for Our Freedoms College Tour” earlier this year, which mobilized young people around reproductive rights and other issues like climate change and gun reform.

Harris and President Biden face low approval ratings and polls showing them trailing former President Donald Trump ahead of the 2024 election. When asked about this by CNN, Harris said “We’re going to have to earn our re-elect, there’s no doubt about it…It is absolutely right in a democracy with free and fair elections that the candidates, the people who want to continue in leadership, have to make their case and have to make it effectively.”