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January 22, 2008

Statement from NJDC on 35th Anniversary of Roe Versus Wade

Listed in: Women's Issues, Reproductive Rights, NJDC News, Press Releases

Washington, D.C. - Today, in honor of the 35th anniversary of Roe versus Wade, the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) released the following statement from Linda Berg, Political Director of NJDC and former Political Director of NOW, the National Organization for Women:

"Thirty-five years ago today, the Supreme Court proclaimed that women have a fundamental right to control their bodies. Yet the struggle to keep abortion safe, accessible and legal has continued and never has that right been in more jeopardy. With the confirmation of Justices Roberts and Alito, abortion rights hang by a thread. One more conservative Supreme Court confirmation will tip the scales. It is clear that the 2008 elections will decide whether the reproductive freedom of women in this country will be preserved and protected or denied.

"It is notable that every Republican presidential contender would appoint Supreme Court justices opposed to Roe and dedicated to its overthrow. And every Democratic presidential candidate has strongly affirmed the right of women to make this most personal of decisions. We must remember what is at stake in November, and vote accordingly."