Remarks at the March for Women's Lives Rally
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke this afternoon
at the March for Women's Lives Rally. Below are her remarks (as
afternoon! What a beautiful sight you are! I see mothers . . . daughters
. . . grandmothers . . . entire families! This is a march of the
generations, by the generations, and for the generations!
leader in Congress, it is my honor to welcome you to Washington.
Your presence here speaks eloquently of the urgency of speaking
out for a woman's right to choose.
this is personal! I am not only a leader in Congress. I am a mother
of five, and a grandmother of five. And we are here to say that
a woman's right to make her own reproductive decisions is not only
pro-choice...it's pro-children! It's pro-family! It's pro-Constitution!
mother, I know the sacred and blessed choice of life. That decision
does not belong to the politicians. It is ours to make - as women,
with our families, our physicians, and our faith.
grandmother, I want my children and grandchildren to grow up in
a society that respects their rights and values their health. The
right to plan for healthy families! The right to privacy! The right
to choose! These are fundamental American rights to be preserved
for all time, for all generations!
Roe v. Wade is the law of the land, but the Supreme Court needs
only one more vote to overturn it. Today, I see one million reasons
to preserve it!
fight goes beyond Roe v. Wade. As one who has been engaged in this
fight in Congress for 17 years, I know firsthand that the anti-choice
extremists now in control are not only against Roe, they are opposed
- Basic contraception,
- Sex education,
- and International
family planning and reproductive health services.
my Democratic colleagues in the Congress will say more about the
urgent battles we are fighting. They are here to show our support
presence is so critical today. Know your power! And use it! Every
step you take today is a step for freedom. Today is not the end
of the struggle.
Thank you for
standing up for a woman's right to choose!
you for fighting for reproductive freedom!
you for marching for women's lives!
mothers! For our daughters! For our families! For our freedom!
you. And God bless America."