Kamala Harris: Supporting Abortion 'Does Not Require Anyone to Abandon Their Faith'

ice President Kamala Harris on Monday sparked pushback from the pro-life community when she said individuals don’t have to “abandon” their faith in order to support legalized abortion.

Harris made the remarks twice, first at the NAACP national convention in Atlantic City, N.J., and then during a “reproductive rights” roundtable discussion later in the day with New Jersey state legislators.

She told the NAACP that America must protect the “freedom for a woman to make decisions about her own body.”


“It’s important to note that to support a woman’s ability … to make that decision does not require anyone to abandon their faith or their beliefs,” Harris said. “It just requires us to agree the government shouldn’t be making that decision for her.”


Harris made similar comments during the roundtable discussion.

“I think it’s important to note that you don’t have to abandon your faith or your beliefs to agree that the government should not be interfering with her decision, that woman’s decision, over her body and her life,” Harris told state legislators. “The government should not be interfering, and no one has to abandon their faith or their belief to agree that certain decisions are not the government’s to make, and that is one of them.”

Pro-life activist Abby Johnson criticized Harris.