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40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. FARR. It was a very historic time in Washington, D.C., yesterday, with not only the swearing in of the President of the United States, but doing it on the occasion that marks Martin Luther King's birthday holiday here in the United States. What a day for hundreds of thousands of youth from around this country to see their Capital in action and today visiting the Congress itself.

Today, we also celebrate the historic enactment of Roe v. Wade. What an absolute honor and privilege it is to live in a country that does not deny access to health care. I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Latin America, and my sister died on the operating table because there was not adequate health care. When you don't have it, you can't get it, no matter what. And so this country protects women's rights to see a doctor in their own privacy and discuss what their needs may be. No Congress should stand in the way of denying people access to health care, including the right to an abortion.

So let's protect what the Supreme Court has honored and celebrate on this historic day all kinds of great things in this great country, including Roe v. Wade, America's anniversary of the right to health care for women.

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