Released: November 3, 2022
Vice President Kamala Harris visited Bryn Mawr College on October 28, to host a conversation about protecting reproductive rights. Delaware County Council Chair Dr. Taylor was invited to give opening remarks to the guests, which included hundreds of college students and community members from across the region.
Joining Vice President Harris in the conversation were Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon and actress Sophia Bush, who has been an outspoken advocate for greater access to reproductive care.
“When the Supreme Court ruled to overturn Roe v. Wade in June- we took a MAJOR step backward in our progress as a nation,” said Delaware County Council Chair Dr. Taylor. “It was hard for many of us to imagine that a law protecting our rights as women could be overturned. Our rights as women are under attack and it also opens to door to overturn other laws protecting freedoms such as same-sex marriages and the right for all people to vote.”
Vice President Harris talked about the need for a coalition that transcends political divisions.
"There was a movement that was started by people generations ago that culminated in Roe v. Wade. It is now incumbent on us, who are under this roof together right now, to pick that movement up and to carry it forward," said the Vice President.
At the end of the conversation, Bush asked Harris what her message was for the students in attendance.
"Do what you’re already doing. I know who this college is. I know who you are. This is a roomful of leaders," Harris replied. "And do it knowing that we need you. We’re not only counting on you; we really need you. The best movements in our country that have been about the expansion of rights, in my opinion, have been led by students and certainly fueled by students. So, do what you do. And I thank you."
The full remarks from the discussion can be found here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/speeches-remarks/2022/10/28/remarks-by-vice-president-harris-in-a-moderated-conversation-on-protecting-reproductive-rights/