Ahead of the 49th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, DNC Chair Jaime Harrison and DNC’s Women Caucus Chair Lottie Shackelford released the following statement:
“For the past 49 years, Roe v. Wade has ensured that every person has a right to safe and legal abortion. Unfortunately, Republicans have undertaken an effort to dismantle Roe’s legal precedent, putting abortion access at great risk. We cannot let abortion bans and restrictions, which exacerbate existing health care inequities for communities of color, go unchallenged.
“With relentless attacks on access to abortion, the urgency of protecting abortion access by codifying Roe has never been greater. We commend House Democrats for passing Congresswoman Judy Chu’s Women’s Health Protection Act and the president for leading a whole-of-government effort to resist further incursions upon reproductive freedom. Personal health care decisions should remain between a person and their doctor, and Democrats are committed to fighting for this constitutional right. As we look ahead to November, it is clear that reproductive health care is on the ballot, and Republicans will have to answer for the war they’ve waged on the constitutional right to abortion access.”