From the Office of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi Statement on 31st Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

January 22, 2004

Washington, D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on the 31st anniversary of Roe v. Wade:

"Today 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.

"Even 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 woman’s right to choose, including passage of the first federal ban on safe and medically-accepted medical procedures.

"In coming 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.

"Instead of undermining women’s 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 woman’s freedom of choice. We must also take a more comprehensive approach to reproductive health care by planning for healthy families, providing information about women’s health care options, and preventing unintended pregnancies through access to contraception. And we must continue to protect a woman’s right to choose."




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