Kamala Harris to talk abortion rights in Jacksonville as stricter law takes effect

The VP will speak on May 1 as Florida's ban after the sixth week of pregnancy takes effect.

The Vice President is returning to Northeast Florida yet again, in the Joe Biden administration’s latest attempt to focus on the fight for reproductive rights in a state that restricts them.

Kamala Harris will be in Jacksonville on May 1, where multiple sources tell us she will speak at the Prime Osborn Center in the afternoon.

“The event will take place on the day the state is set to implement an abortion ban even more extreme than the one currently in effect. The Vice President will discuss the harms inflicted by state abortion bans and continue to make the case that ‘Donald Trump did this.'”

The reference is to the state’s Heartbeat Protection Act, which restricts termination of pregnancy after the sixth week except in cases of rape, incest or danger to the mother. That replaces the ban on the procedure after the 15th week of pregnancy.

Contrary to the White House claim, though, Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Legislature ratified those laws, albeit in the context of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade and giving the states latitude to craft restrictions as they saw fit.

“This will also be the Vice President’s 12th trip to Florida since taking office. She last visited the state in March, when she discussed gun violence prevention in Parkland. In January 2023, she visited Tallahassee to mark the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision and discuss reproductive freedom,” the White House notes.

Harris is an increasingly familiar presence in Jacksonville as well.

In 2021, she visited the city to survey local COVID-19 response, accompanied by then-Mayor Lenny Curry, a former Chair of the Republican Party of Florida.

Last year, she came to the city to link the state’s treatment of Black history to “powerful forces’” efforts to “distort history,” including to “minimize or even deny the Holocaust” and obscure the history of Japanese internment camps or the treatment of native peoples.

“They insult us in an attempt to gaslight us and we will not have it,” Harris said.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • George Freakin Stephanapapalapppy

    April 25, 2024 at 9:28 am

    The current administration’s policy priority is the termination of innocent life. Not the economy. Not the slaughter of Jews. Not the possible World War 3 on the horizon. Not the porous border fueling a fentanyl crisis and stretching municipal budgets thin. Let that sink in for a minute.

    • Rick Whitaker

      April 26, 2024 at 5:34 pm

      GEORGE, the fentanyl crisis is caused by demand. people with little hope because they have been lied to and cheated, is more of a cause.

    • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

      April 30, 2024 at 6:20 pm

      Ya know what would be great?
      If Kamala could spend around .45 minutes to an hour on May 1st skooling everyone on “The Signaficance Of The Passage Of Time”.
      If we are promised a deep dive into “The Signaficance Of The Passage Of Time” I, Earl Pitts American, will charter 3 busses from The Villages to bring me peeps up to JAX to bring everyone up to speed on “The Signaficance Of The Passage Of Time”.
      Now if Kamalla’ gonna incorperate Venn Diagrams into her “The Signaficance Of The Passage Of Time” lecture I will need to chartet a 4th buss.
      Who’s not totally into learning all we can from a Sage Expert on “The Signaficance Of The Passage Of Time”?
      Thank you America,
      Earl Pitts American

  • frank papcin

    April 25, 2024 at 10:14 am

    Kamala Harris campaigning for abortions, the termination of a human life, proves what kind of person she is.
    nothing about the borders she is responsible for, because the borders are working just fine for her & her sponsors– as they try to replace Americans in our country, with socialist thinking people from round the world.– some of which HATE THIS COUNTRY , but still allowed into it– AND WE REQUIRED TO SUPPORT THEM

  • Dont Say FLA

    April 25, 2024 at 12:14 pm

    Attempts at termination of innocent life is what’s going on in states like Texas and Florida when women are refused medical treatment for having a fetus in them which is dead and going to kill them too if it’s left in there.

    The economy is fantastic. Did you want it broken again like when Trump’s term wrapped?

    The slaughter of Jews happened one day last year and that wasn’t on Biden. That was on Netenyahu, the guy facing prison time in Israel like Trump is facing prison time here. Netenyahu was able to stop 350 missiles drones and rockets from Iran in a single night, but dipsticks on hang gliders assembling on the border for months and then going up on hilltops to launch and then coasting over the border wall (lol, another wall that didn’t work) somehow, SOME HOW, evaded any prophylactic response whatever from Netenyahu. Why? Either becauase the IDF’s surveillance of Gaza and intelligence from Gaza are totally useless, or because Netenyahu wanted it to happen. Netenyaho wanted an excuse for what he’s been doing ever since. If you don’t like that 1200+ people that were permitted by Netenyahu’s government to build and live in the danger zone, talk to Netenyahu, not Biden, about that.

    Porous border. Fentanyl. Yawn. FIrearms and ammo continuously stream south across that border. That’s why despite G0P claims to want a secure border, a bill giving them exactly that was just shot down by Unelected House Speaker Trump.

    And all the immigrants crossing the border into USA. Would they really go to all that trouble if it weren’t for the trouble back home that was created by all the guns and ammo that the USA could possibly send there across our open southern border? NOPE. They’d be at home, perfectly happy to be where they were born and raised, but the USA’s 2A industry ruined their home.

    Now, find an AI that will produce a fake Fows News talking head and have it read the above to you so maybe you’ll listen to it and believe it rather that read the first sentence and skip the rest becauase it’s not what you wanted to hear. I am not trying to sell any manhood pills to you. I am just trying to tell you the truth, and maybe you don’t want to hear that. But if you read all the way to here, LMK and I’ll get you some gerenic givaraga for a mere third of a chuck duck buck each

  • MH/Duuuval

    April 25, 2024 at 5:50 pm

    The fentanyl is not coming via the bedraggled asylum seekers on the news all the time. It’s coming into ports and border crossings. Biden agreed to increase hiring for border security, but Trump ordered his congressional puppets to sit on their hands until he returned to office in Nov. Then, DJT himself would solve the problems in one day as dictator.

    • Guam Might Tip

      April 26, 2024 at 7:15 am

      Trump as a dictator? More fear mongering that you get from CNN and MSNBC, and of course as a zombie you buy right into it. I wonder if the state run press will ask Ka Mana what is her latest solution on the Southern Border mess. She is the czar after all. I’m sure she will just giggle the answer away. She is a perfect match for Slo Joe. Dumb and Dumber.

      • Dont Say FLA

        April 26, 2024 at 9:25 am

        If Trump trying to elevate himself beyond the power and term of the Presidency is “fear mongering that you get from CNN and MSNBC,” what was he trying to do that one January 6th when the electoral votes were being counted by Congress over in the Capitol building and all his fan boys broke in and tore the place apart trying to stop the counting, but succeeding only in a delay of several hours while Trump sat and ate hamberders while watching all of it on TV yet taking to action to remedy anything about the situation at the Capitol, you know, the place where he just instructed all those folks who broke in and wrecked to place to march to? Do tell!

        • Impeach Biden

          April 26, 2024 at 10:34 am

          That protest went too far. In the heat of the moment without thinking clearly they made a stupid decision. Now if you think this was an attempt to overthrow the US Government then you are delusional. Too much crack tv (CNN, MSNBC). These people were armed with cell phones, American Flags, and back packs. There was no coup attempt. The defund the police Democrats would have had their hated police and the US military and not would have been over in a flash.

          • MH/Duuuval

            April 26, 2024 at 6:00 pm

            You and your MAGA buddies hold onto your delusions about J6. It wasn’t the French Revolution, granted, but the goal was to halt a Constitutionally sanctioned activity integral to Presidential succession.

      • MH/Duuuval

        April 26, 2024 at 10:14 am

        You pays your money and you takes your choice: Slo Joe or Sleepy, farting Donnie.

        Folks are waiting with bated breath to see which lemming will walk the VP plank for DJT.

        • Guam Might Tip

          April 26, 2024 at 10:28 am

          Oh there are lots of names for Ka Mana Wanna. Anyone with even half a brain knows why Slo Joe picked her.

          • MH/Duuuval

            April 26, 2024 at 6:03 pm

            Kristi Noem is looking better now that we know she killed her pet dog and a goat on the same day.

          • MH/Duuuval

            April 26, 2024 at 6:04 pm

            So, Mr. MAGA Insider, why did Biden choose Harris to be his VP?

          • Guam Might Tip

            April 26, 2024 at 8:52 pm

            Why did Slo select Ka Mana Wanna? Are you that naive MH?

      • Rick Whitaker

        April 26, 2024 at 7:53 pm

        guam, how come you didn’t name the far left channels i watch, and instead listed moderate channels like cnn and msnbc? do you not know what most of us lefty’s watch? what kind of maga cultist are you to not know that.

        • Guam Might Tip

          April 26, 2024 at 9:08 pm

          What are you tuning in on your rabbit ears up there in hillbilly country? Left of CNN and MSNBC? WOW!

          • Rick Whitaker

            April 26, 2024 at 9:33 pm

            guam, i’ll give you one to try. it’s called tyt . most of the other media outlets wouldn’t want me telling a guy like you about them. tyt is a great channel, one of my favorites. BTW, what is a hillbilly, is that similar to a florida cracker? i don’t know any hillbillies. rabbit ears, i graduated from electronics school in 1975. i have been building most of my own equipment ever since. how bout you cracker, you got any rabbit’s feet for good luck? with some good luck, your mind might open a little.

  • Rick Whitaker

    April 26, 2024 at 5:29 pm

    PEACHY, many overthrows are committed without much of a fight. claiming victory when you got less votes is one way to confuse and takeover. look up bloodless coups on google. you need more data. your comments are based on lack of knowledge, not the presence of knowledge

    • Impeach Biden

      April 27, 2024 at 8:39 am

      I’m gonna look up dumb azz in google and your name will come up. You really think the unarmed gang of misfits was gonna take over the United States of America? You are completely delusional.

      • Rick Whitaker

        April 28, 2024 at 11:35 pm

        PEACHY, come on now, we already established that you are an angry, un-informed, bIgot with no future. so don’t dare doubt my superiority over you in every way. cry on your pillow, just get over it. you are unable to understand more than the stupid maga crap you spew. Ii have NO sympathy for you. you are a worthless loser best i can tell. i wouldn’t hire you, that says a lot because i have mistakenly hired some pretty worthless dudes that all told me up front how great they thought they were.

      • MH/Duuuval

        April 30, 2024 at 3:58 pm

        Kristi Noem is looking better everyday, eh?

  • What happen to americanism

    April 27, 2024 at 8:55 am

    Ron should like abortion because he hates Medicaid expansion.
    No that don’t sound right ,,Right .

  • Thomas X. Casey

    April 30, 2024 at 6:05 pm

    Good that Kamala Harris is wasting her time on a State Issue.

  • MH/Duuuval

    April 30, 2024 at 8:32 pm

    Guam Might Tip
    April 26, 2024 at 8:52 pm
    Why did Slo select Ka Mana Wanna? Are you that naive MH?

    ANSWER YOUR OWN RHETORICAL QUESTION — We’re tired of having you pose it.

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