Minutes of Vice President Harris’ Meeting with Constitutional Law, Privacy, and Technology Experts on Reproductive Rights
Today, Vice President Kamala Harris hosted a roundtable with experts in constitutional law, privacy and technology to discuss the issues if Roe vs. Wade is canceled. The roundtable follows recent meetings on reproductive rights the vice president held with faith leaders and health care providers, and is part of the administration’s work to build coalitions and prepare. in response to the attack on reproductive rights.
During the meeting, the Vice President said that the principles of freedom and self-determination are at stake in the Supreme Court’s leaked opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The conversation highlighted the real limits of freedom the American people will experience if Roe vs. Wade is canceled. Participants discussed constitutional law as well as the history and meaning of the right to privacy. Participants expressed concern that if Roe vs. Wade is overturned, states prohibiting abortion could potentially restrict in vitro fertilization if their definition of life begins at the time of fertilization. They lifted the impact that the reversal deer could have on access to contraception and same-sex marriage. They also discussed data privacy implications – including concerns that states that make abortion illegal could subpoena women’s personal data.
Participants also discussed the crisis in maternal health care, which disproportionately affects black, rural and indigenous women – and they described the detrimental impact that the reversal Roe vs. Wade will have on women’s health.
The Vice President raised the link between restrictions on reproductive rights and limitations on other rights, noting that many states that have trigger ban laws where abortion will be banned if the Supreme Court overturns Roe vs. Wade are also the states that pass laws to restrict voting rights and LGBTQ+ rights.
Vice President Harris called on legal experts to use their voices to inform the American people of the potential consequences of the Court’s decision. The vice president affirmed that the administration will continue to fight for the health, safety and well-being of women.
- Professor Peggy Cooper Davis of NYU School of Law
- Professor Melissa Murray of NYU School of Law
- Professor Glenn Cohen of Harvard Law School
- Professor Michele Bratcher Goodwin of UC Irvine School of Law
- Jennifer Weiss-Wolf of the Brennan Center for Justice and Ms. Magazine
- Professor Leah Litman of the University of Michigan Law School
- Domestic Policy Advisor to Vice President Rohini Kosoglu
- White House attorney Dana Remus
- Executive Director and Co-Chair of the Gender Policy Council Jennifer Klein