Pelosi Statement on the 48th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

January 22, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement marking the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade:

“For 48 years, Roe v. Wade has been a cornerstone of health and equal rights for all American women.  This landmark decision protects a woman’s fundamental right to make her own reproductive health decisions.

“Nearly half a century later, Roe v. Wade is settled law.  Yet, due to relentless Republican attacks in states across the country, it is hanging on by a thread, threatening to drag American women back to a dark, dangerous and deadly past.  These harmful attacks challenge our nation’s bedrock values and significantly undermine women’s health and economic security, particularly women of color and those in low-income communities.  But with the tireless voices and activism of women across the country, these Republican efforts must continue to fail.

“Our new, unified Democratic government will continue working to strengthen women’s comprehensive health care, to reduce unintended pregnancies, to lower maternal and infant mortality and to safeguard every woman’s personal right to decide when and how to start a family.  On this anniversary, we renew our commitment to build on the legacy of Roe v. Wade so that we can protect a woman’s right to choose and defend women’s hard-won freedoms, now and always.”