Schakowsky Statement on Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

January 22, 2021
Press Release

EVANSTON - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus Providers and Clinics Task Force, released the following statement on the 48th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision:

“Almost fifty years ago, the United States Supreme Court issued a decisive and transformative ruling in favor of reproductive health care as a constitutional right in the case of Roe v. Wade. The ruling was a victory for women across the United States and has saved countless lives by bringing abortions out of back alleys and into the health care setting, where they should be.

“But this anniversary also reminds us that abortion access is hanging on by a thread due to relentless attacks over the last four years from the Trump Administration and anti-choice state legislatures across the nation. Abortion bans like the Global Gag Rule, Helms and Hyde Amendment continue to disproportionately affect women of color, low-income individuals, and the LGBTQ community domestically and abroad.

“Women will NOT go back. We will not revert to a time when people in the United States could not access safe and legal abortions. I will spend this year dedicated to fighting for comprehensive reproductive health care as a human right, starting by repealing the Helms Amendment through my Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act. This will remove the ban on the use of U.S. foreign assistance to provide abortion services in U.S.-sponsored global health programs. We will repeal the Hyde Amendment through the EACH Woman Act with Representative Barbara Lee, finally allowing people to access abortion regardless of the source of their health insurance.

“As we turn the page and work to heal our nation, I look forward to working with the Biden-Harris administration to repair and increase access to our health care system and vital reproductive care services, like abortions. I am encouraged to hear that the Biden administration plans to repeal the Global Gag Rule within a matter of days. While there is still much more work to do, this is a big first step to undo harmful policies that put women’s lives at risk, like the Helms Amendment and the Mifepristone in-person dispensing requirement. The Global Gag Rule is just the tip of the iceberg. Every person deserves access to safe, legal abortion. Roe v. Wade made that possible, but we must ensure everyone has equal access, regardless of income, race, and zip code.”