U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01) released the following statement on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
"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 woman 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."