January 22, 2013

SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO CELEBRATES THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF ROE V. WADE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement today to recognize the 40th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision:
 
“Roe v. Wade was a monumental decision for women in this country. One of my first political actions as a college student was writing a letter to my members of Congress that asked for their positions on abortion. At the time, abortion was illegal in almost every state and Hawaii was considering, and ultimately passed, legislation to partially legalize it. I have been a strong supporter of a woman’s right to choose for a long time and the battle continues. 
 
“Now, 40 years after the Supreme Court’s decision, some are trying to go back to the days when women were denied the right to make decisions about their own health care. From blocking access to contraception to mounting a full scale repeal of Roe v. Wade, these forces are constantly looking for ways to turn back the clock on reproductive health care rights.
 
“I consider a woman’s right to choose a fundamental right which must be protected. Future generations of women deserve no less.”
 
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