Harris to discuss implications of overturned abortion rights with Black women at Essence Festival

Visepresident Kamala Harris will speak at the Essence Festival in New Orleans on Saturday, a White House official said, marking an opportunity to discuss the Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade with one of the Democratic Party’s key constituenciesBlack women.

In New Orleans, Harris will participate in a fireside conversation with actress Keke Palmer to discuss some of themost critical issues facing Black women, including the implications for the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe,” said the White House official previewing Harrisschedule first to CNN. Harris will also meet privately with reproductive rights activists while in New Orleans, het die amptenaar gesê.
Since the Supreme Court’s decision to omkeer the federal constitutional right to an abortion, Harris has emerged as one of the Biden administration’s top messengers on reproductive rights. The vice president has looked for several months to elevate the issue of maternal health care at a time when the maternal death rate disproportionately affects Black people and Native Americans. But since the Supreme Court ruling, Harris has repeatedly underscored the broad impacts of the decision — insluitend in a recent interview with CNN.
    This upcoming appearance at one of the largest African American culture celebrations in the country also gives the nation’s first female and Black vice president chance to rally voters who helped elevate her and President Joe Biden to the White House in 2020.
      Democrats hope abortion rights will galvanize voters heading into the midterm elections, but it’s unclear how big of an impact the issue will have in November as concerns over the economy and inflation have remained at the top of voters’ gedagtes.
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        In a June 22-24 CBS/YouGov poll, 64% of Black Americans approved of Biden’s job performance, met 36% disapproving. And a June 17-20 Quinnipiac poll showed that 59% of Black Americans approved of Biden’s job performance as president, met 31% disapproving and 10% unsure or not responding. That’s better than his ratings among White and Hispanic Americans, a majority of whom disapprove of Biden.
        Sommige 80% of Black Americans in that same Quinnipiac poll said abortion should be legal in all or most cases. En 82% of Black respondents said they generally agreed with the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion nationwide.
          In onlangse jare, the Essence Festival has become a frequent stop for Democratic politicians aiming to get their message out to Black women. Biden afgelewer taped remarks at the festival last year. And Harris last attended the festival in person in 2019, when she was running for president.
            The White House is also dispatching other top administration officials, including EPA Administrator Michael Regan, OMB Director Shalanda Young, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and White House Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu, to discuss economic and equity issues. Other Democratic messengers, like Democratic National Committee Chair Jaime Harrison, will speak at the weekend-long festival.
            The festival is being held at the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans. Janet Jackson, Nicki Minaj, Kevin Hart and New Edition will headline the event. Other artists set to perform include Jazmine Sullivan, Chloe x Halle, Summer Walker, The Isley Brothers and DJ D-Nice.

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