Harris calls for renewed push to 'secure' abortion rights on Roe's 50th anniversary

Vice President Kamala Harris issued a call to action Sunday, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision and lambasting bans on abortion in several states

since constitutional protection for the procedure was removed by the Supreme Court last year. In a speech in Tallahassee, Florida, where state lawmakers are considering

more stringent abortion restrictions, Harris compared the fight for abortion access to that for various other civil rights and warned that existing bans put both women and health

care professionals at risk. "For nearly 50 years, Americans relied on the rights that Roe protected. Today, however, on what would have been its 50th anniversary, we

speak of the Roe decision in the past tense. Because last June, the United States Supreme Court took away that constitutional right, a fundamental right, a basic freedom from the

people of America, from the women of America," she said.MORE: What would have been 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade sees protests, celebration "The right of every woman in

every state in this country to make decisions about her own body is on the line. And I've said it before, and I'll say it again: How dare they! How dare they!" the vice president

said to cheers. "Today, we are fighting back," she said. I'm pleased to announce that President Biden -- I'm announcing it today -- has issued a presidential memorandum

on this issue."