Vice President Harris hosts reproductive rights round table

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2021, file photo, Vice President Kamala Harris speaks from the East Room of the White House in Washington. The White House says Vice President Harris will visit California's Bay Area on Wednesday, Sept. 8, to campaign for Gov. Gavin Newsom, who faces removal from office in a Sept. 14 recall election. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2021, file photo, Vice President Kamala Harris speaks from the East Room of the White House in Washington. The White House says Vice President Harris will visit California's Bay Area on Wednesday, Sept. 8, to campaign for Gov. Gavin Newsom, who faces removal from office in a Sept. 14 recall election. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.)

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Vice President Kamala Harris will meet with abortion and reproductive health providers and patients from Texas, Mississippi, Kentucky, and New Mexico on Thursday to discuss the impact of Texas Senate Bill 8 and other restrictions on reproductive care.

You can watch the event live in the video player above. It’s scheduled to begin around 2:30 p.m. CT, but there could be delays.

The meeting comes after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed SB 8 into law that prohibits abortions once medical professionals can detect cardiac activity — usually around six weeks, before some women know they’re pregnant. Courts have blocked other states from imposing similar restrictions, but Texas’ law differs significantly because it leaves enforcement to private citizens through civil lawsuits instead of criminal prosecutors.

The round table comes moments after the Justice Department announced that it was suing the state of Texas over the law.

Editor’s Note: The Associate Press contributed to this report.

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