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Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mrs. CAROLYN B. MALONEY of New York. Mr. Speaker, today, we mark the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision which enshrined a realm of personal privacy that is deeply connected to the personal freedoms that we hold dear in this country. As one Justice put it, it's the simple right to be left alone.

The right to choose is meaningless without access to choose. Yet the Republican-led Congress has chipped away at access, voting 10 times to limit access in the last Congress to a woman's basic right. Last year, there were 43 laws that were passed in 19 States that would restrict access to a woman's right to choose.

This past election, women made it loud and clear that the right to choose is one that they believe in, and that is a basic right that the majority of Americans hold dear and will uphold with their votes in every election.

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