Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade:
“Forty years ago, the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade established fundamental principles in American life and society: that reproductive freedom must be protected; that the right to privacy must be preserved; and that a woman’s health decisions must be her own, in consultation with her family, her physician, and her faith.
“Today, we reaffirm our commitment to these same values and pledge to preserve the right to choose. We promise to fight any and every effort to chip away at the hard-won freedoms of America’s women, and protect women’s health. We believe the most private decision for a woman is when and whether to have a child, and we stand ready to keep that decision out of the hands of politicians.
“On this anniversary, as I have since my first days in Congress, I will continue to lead the effort to defend reproductive choice and work toward a comprehensive approach to reproductive health care, so we can reduce the number of unintended pregnancies at home and around the world. I hope to work with all of my colleagues to build on the legacy of Roe v. Wade and protect the rights of women across our country.”