Rep. Colleen Hanabusa: “Forty years ago, the United States Supreme Court rendered its decision in Roe v. Wade, recognizing a woman’s right to control her own body and placing decisions about reproductive health in the hands of a woman and her doctor, not the government. It was Justice Harry Blackmun, appointed by a Republican president, who wrote for the court, ruling that constitutional principles, not emotion, must speak loudest in determining such important social issues.
“Today, those rights are still under attack, challenged by groups and individuals who would impose their own judgment and beliefs on women across our nation. America is a land of laws and rights, and at our best we defend freedom against the voices of intolerance. Today I stand proudly with women from every corner of our country to celebrate our freedom, to look proudly upon a Constitution that protects our rights, and to give thanks for the laws that respect our individual dignity.”
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: “Forty years ago this month, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a woman’s constitutional right to choose in Roe v. Wade. This landmark decision ensures that women can make their own health decisions, and if they want to, consult with their doctor, family, and faith.
“Four decades later, even though abortion remains legal, women still face enormous barriers – barriers that wholly violate the spirit of the Roe v. Wade decision. I support efforts to increase access to affordable health-care services which can contribute to fewer unplanned and teen pregnancies, a goal we should all support.
“This monumental Supreme Court ruling remains under attack, as the ability for women to be free to make what is often the most difficult decision in their lives, is constantly challenged. Now more than ever, we must remain steadfast in our defense of a woman’s right to choose.”