Congresswoman Bush Statement on 50th Anniversary of Roe
Washington D.C. (Jan. 22, 2023) — Congresswoman Cori Bush (MO-01) released the below statement as we recognize the 50th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, which up until the Supreme Court overturned this past June, had been a landmark case that protected a person’s right to abortion for 49 years.
“Freedom grants a person control over their own minds, bodies, and futures, and it is this belief in freedom, as well as the right to privacy, that resulted in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision 50 years ago. The Roe v. Wade decision was not only historic in that it protected people accessing abortions; it also served as precedent for several more court cases and laws to follow that would further advance gender equality, reproductive rights, and our collective freedoms. Unfortunately, we all know what happened last June. Republicans spent decades stacking the federal judiciary with far-right anti-abortion judges and successfully stripped millions of people of their right to safe, legal, and accessible abortion care, particularly Black, brown, LGBTQ+, and other marginalized communities. And, let's be clear, Republicans aren’t stopping with Roe. In just their first couple of days in power, House Republicans passed two anti-abortion bills in a blatant attempt to lay the groundwork for a national abortion ban. As a Congresswoman, a mother, a pastor, and as a person who has had abortions, I will never stop fighting for a person’s bodily autonomy, reproductive rights and for a country that lives up to its proclamation of freedom.”