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Roe v. Wade 45th Anniversary Statement


Date: Jan. 22, 2018
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Reproduction

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) issued the following statement on the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade:

"Women have the right to make their own reproductive health choices for one reason: our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and daughters have fought bravely for it. Today, on the 45th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision enshrining this right, we give them thanks and acknowledge all the women's lives they have helped or saved. Because of this constitutional right to control our own bodies, women who were previously forced to resort to life-threatening options can now choose safe abortion procedures performed by medical professionals.

Yet to properly honor those who helped secure this freedom, we must defend it. President Trump has embraced allies and policies that target our reproductive freedoms, and assaults on our rights continue in state legislatures around the nation. But the strength of the women and men I have marched with at two remarkable Women's Marches, and the stunning numbers of marchers across the country, make me as confident as ever in our ability to defend and expand this right. My Democratic colleagues and I will work every day to carry on that fight, and ensure that women can continue to make their own reproductive decisions."