Democrats are vowing to fight to “restore” Roe v. Wade following what would have been the 50th anniversary of the decision, which the Supreme court overhauled last year, kicking decisions on abortion back to the states.
“On Sunday, what should have been the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, America mourned instead,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said during a gathering with fellow Democrat lawmakers on Tuesday.
“We mourn the fact that millions of women and girls now have fewer rights than their mothers and grandmothers. We mourn the loss of individual freedom. We mourn the loss of a woman’s right to choose,” he said, claiming that women’s healthcare decisions are now in the hands of “MAGA extreme Republicans.”
“Last year, after decades of plotting and insidious efforts, the MAGA Supreme Court stripped millions of women of the right to abortion, putting the power to make personal health care decisions firmly in the hands of MAGA extreme Republicans,” Schumer claimed, failing to mention that overturning Roe did not ban abortion nationwide but kicked the decision back to each individual state, allowing them to make their own restrictions regarding abortion.
Senate Democrats have vowed to protect reproductive freedom in the midst of the GOP's anti-choice attacks.
— NARAL (@NARAL) January 24, 2023
Others, including Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) chimed in:
“I’m live with @SenSchumer, @SenateDems, and advocates to make crystal clear: We’re going to keep fighting to restore Roe—and keep fighting back against MAGA Republicans’ extreme anti-abortion agenda at every turn,” she said on social media as other Democrats weighed in:
We're going to keep fighting to restore Roe—and keep fighting back against MAGA Republicans' extreme anti-abortion agenda at every turn. https://t.co/1d4zXBjwmV
— Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray) January 24, 2023
Republicans want to pass even more extreme restrictions on women, like a nationwide abortion ban.
I'll keep standing up against these cruel policies and fight for women to be able to make health care decisions with their doctors –– without interference.
— Senator Gary Peters (@SenGaryPeters) January 24, 2023
When Roe v. Wade was struck down, Republicans cheered. They cheered for:
A nationwide abortion ban.
Tearing away basic rights.
Democrats won't stop working to restore Roe and protect everyone's right to bodily autonomy.
— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) January 24, 2023
NOW: I’m joining @PattyMurray and @SenateDems following the 50-year anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Republican-appointed judges ignored the beliefs of nearly 70% of Americans and stripped away our right to privacy. I will fight to restore these rights with a strong federal statute. https://t.co/aOq12bSpyq
— Sen. Maria Cantwell (@SenatorCantwell) January 24, 2023
We must fight to restore nationwide access to abortion & protect women's reproductive rights from the MAGA GOP’s extreme agenda. We cannot stay silent as millions of women have had their right to abortion ripped away. pic.twitter.com/0J7VbjDEGg
— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) January 24, 2023
Despite misinformation touted by leftist activists across social media, ending Roe v. Wade did not ban abortion but sent the decisions back to the states. In other words. If a state wishes to legalize abortion, it can do so. Similarly, states can choose to ban or restrict abortion as well.
The press conference comes days after thousands of pro-life Americans gathered in the nation’s capital to celebrate life, making it clear that the fight is still far from over.
“We’re seeing so many lawmakers compromise on the issue, and really, this is the greatest human rights issue of all time,” March for Life attendee Skylar Culbertson told Breitbart News.
“I think there is so much more that can be done. … This needs to be put at the forefront of everything, in every law,” Culbertson added.
Last week, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) introduced a bill that would effectively defund Planned Parenthood, redirecting the funds to:
…health services to women … includ[ing] relevant diagnostic laboratory and radiology services, well-child care, prenatal and postpartum care, immunization, family planning services (including contraception), cervical and breast cancer screenings and referrals, and sexually transmitted disease testing.
“The nation’s largest abortion provider has no business receiving taxpayer dollars,” Boebert said. “Planned Parenthood claims these funds go to healthcare for women, but last year, Planned Parenthood performed a record number of abortions while also reducing the number of well-woman exams and breast cancer screenings it performed.”