Statement on 31st Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement today on the 31st anniversary of Roe v. Wade:
we observe the 31st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court
decision that affirmed the fundamental right of women to make their
own reproductive health care decisions.
as we recognize this vital date for women, however, President Bush
and anti-choice Republican lawmakers in Congress are threatening
the right to reproductive freedom. Since President Bush took office,
we have seen an unprecedented effort to overturn a womans
right to choose, including passage of the first federal ban on safe
and medically-accepted medical procedures.
months, Republicans will attempt to pass further thinly-veiled attempts
to undermine Roe v. Wade. Just yesterday, the Republican House Judiciary
Committee approved the so-called Unborn Victims of Violence Act.
of undermining womens rights, Congress should pass the Freedom
of Choice Act, a bill introduced this week by Congressman Jerry
Nadler and Senator Barbara Boxer that would protect a womans
freedom of choice. We must also take a more comprehensive approach
to reproductive health care by planning for healthy families, providing
information about womens health care options, and preventing
unintended pregnancies through access to contraception. And we must
continue to protect a womans right to choose."