Speaker Nancy Pelosi

U.S. House of Representatives

Pelosi Statement on the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

January 22, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement marking the 47th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision today:

“For 47 years, the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade has stood as the law of the land, ensuring that a woman’s reproductive health decisions are her own – in consultation with her family, her physician and her faith.  This fundamental principle is rooted in our founding values of liberty and equality for all, and it must be fiercely safeguarded from brazen attempts to roll back women’s constitutional rights.

“Women’s freedom of choice is currently under unprecedented threat from this Administration, and from Republicans in Congress and in state capitols across the country who are determined to insert themselves into women’s private health care decisions.  For millions of women and their families, this relentless GOP assault continues to jeopardize their future and threatens to undo decades of progress towards women’s equality.

“Yet, American women are fearlessly standing up and speaking out to demand an end to Republicans’ outrageous efforts to undermine the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.  Together with these tireless women, House Democrats are committed to ending the attack on women’s health care and fundamental rights, and will continue to protect and build upon the legacy of Roe v. Wade.  We will not rest until all women have access to the comprehensive health care they need and are treated equally under the law.”