Statement on the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade Decision

January 22, 2020
Press Release

EVANSTON, IL - 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 47th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision:

“Forty-seven years ago today, 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 from the Trump Administration and anti-choice state legislatures across the nation. In 2019, states brought 25 abortion bans while President Trump appointed dozens of anti-choice judges and enacted a domestic gag rule that forces health care providers in the national family planning program to compromise their medical ethics and remain silent on abortion as an option. These policies disproportionately affect women of color, low-income individuals, and the LGBTQ community.

“But women will not go back. Almost 80 percent of Americans do not want to see Roe overturned. Women 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 Hyde Amendment through my EACH Woman Act with Representative Barbara Lee (H.R. 1692) and codifying the right to access abortion free from restriction through Representative Judy Chu’s Women’s Health Protection Act (H.R. 2975).

“Pro-choice women and men across the country are watching, they don't like what they see, and they won't forget the actions of those trying to set us back.”