Kerry on 35th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade Protection of Right to Privacy
Sen. John Kerry reasserted his support for Roe v. Wade, and all those who fight every day to protect a woman's right to choose, today the 35th Anniversary of the Supreme Court decision. Kerry's first speech on the Senate floor was in support of women's reproductive rights, and he continues to push for strong and unbroken abortion rights to this day.
"Thirty five years ago today, the Supreme Court affirmed the right to privacy in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision," said Kerry. "Ever since that day, the modern conservative movement has spared no resources or energy to try and roll back a fundamental freedom and put personal and private decisions in the hands of politicians not women, families, doctors, and clergy. We've seen the right wing pack the courts and pass backdoor legislative efforts at the local, state, and federal level to chip away at or even undermine Roe v Wade entirely."
"Now more than ever, we need to protect the right to privacy. We must rededicate ourselves to the fight to make it clear that a 35 year old statement of a constitutional right must not be overturned. From the struggle to repeal a global gag rule, to the battle against extreme judicial nominees, to filibusters of conscience against President Bush's most dangerous choices for the bench all the way to the Supreme Court, we have fought for principle, and that fight must continue until we have a voice in the White House who will stand up for a woman's right to privacy rather than work to erode it."