A statement from Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth:
Forty years ago today, the Roe v. Wade decision marked a milestone for women’s rights. That landmark case reaffirmed a woman’s control over her own body. Over the past four decades, it has also prevented unnecessary suffering for thousands of women by ending the necessity of potentially deadly back room procedures.
It is essential that on this anniversary we not only recognize the Roe v. Wade decision, but also acknowledge that its protection of women’s rights is currently under attack. In the last Congress and election in particular, politicians in Washington and across the country advocated limiting women’s choices and in some cases argued that they should have no choices at all when it comes to reproductive health.
As a member of the 113th Congress, which has more women than any Congress in the history of the United States, I look forward to standing up for the principles of Roe v. Wade and expanding access to quality and affordable reproductive healthcare for all women.