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Kamala Harris Emerges as Biden Team’s Leading Voice in Battle Over Abortion Rights

  • The president has said ‘abortion’ only twice while in office
  • Vice president delivers second impassioned speech on decision
Vice President Kamala Harris during a meeting with faith leaders in Los Angeles, on June 6.
Vice President Kamala Harris during a meeting with faith leaders in Los Angeles, on June 6.Photographer: David Swanson/EPA/Bloomberg

Vice President Kamala Harris has emerged as the Biden administration’s leading voice in the battle over abortion rights, as the president has yet to forcefully weigh in on an issue that may offer Democrats a lifeline in November’s midterm elections.

Harris on Monday defended abortion access before a group of faith leaders in Los Angeles, continuing the steady emphasis she’s placed on the issue ever since Politico published a leaked draft opinion showing the Supreme Court’s conservative majority is prepared to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.