Pelosi Statement on the 34th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

January 22, 2007
Press Release
Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on the 34th anniversary of Roe v. Wade:

'Today, we observe the 34th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that affirmed a woman's right to make her own reproductive health care decisions.


'Roe v. Wade is based on a woman's fundamental right to privacy, a value that all Americans cherish.  It established that decisions about whether to have a child do not and should not rest with the government.  A woman - in consultation with her family, her physician, and her faith - is best qualified to make that decision.


'The 110th Congress signals an end to 12 years of destructive debate putting politics above science and restricting women's rights afforded by the Constitution.  In this new Congress, we will work together in a bipartisan way to reduce the number of abortions by preventing unintended pregnancies through comprehensive sexuality education and access to family planning in the U.S. and abroad.


'As I have throughout my time in Congress, I will continue to work to ensure a woman's right to choose.  We must preserve the right to privacy while promoting a comprehensive approach to reproductive health care, including planning for healthy families.'