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40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Ms. DeGETTE. Yesterday, in his inaugural address, our President reminded us of the founding principle of our Nation--that all Americans are created equal. For the women of this great country, there can be no greater means of equality than the right to reproductive choice.

Today, on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I come to the floor to reflect on that landmark decision that allowed American women the freedom to make health care decisions on their own, in consultation with their family and doctors.

I don't know the story of every woman who's had to make a difficult decision, but I can tell you this: each one is unique. Each woman's story is her own. As a politician, I'm not going to tell women when to get checkups or when to get mammograms. And no politician, now or ever, should tell a woman how to handle her pregnancy.

Just this morning, The Wall Street Journal issued a poll that showed Americans agree with this; 7 in 10 Americans believe Roe v. Wade should stand. And I think everybody who tries to reverse this fundamental right should keep that in mind.

Thank you to everybody who fights every day for the rights of women. Today is a day to be grateful and to celebrate and to commit to hard work in the future.

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