Democratic AGs Mark 50 Years Since Roe v. Wade Decision
January 22, 2023
Washington, DC — Today marks 50 years since the decision of Roe v. Wade, a decision that granted the federal right to an abortion. That right was taken away overnight last summer following the ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The ruling in Dobbs firmly shifted the future of abortion access to the states — and the Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA) recognizes the important role that Democratic AGs play in this fight. As we saw in the 2022 midterms, Democratic AGs across the country won powerful and hard-fought victories on the strength of their work to protect abortion access and fight back against attacks on reproductive health care. That work continues every day.
Statement from DAGA Co-Chairs Nevada AG Aaron Ford and Delaware AG Kathy Jennings:
“As we mark 50 years since the Roe v. Wade decision that granted the federal right to abortion, Democratic Attorneys General stand proud of our individual and united efforts to restore, protect, and expand abortion access since that constitutionally protected right was taken away. From championing efforts to strengthen abortion protections in our state’s constitutions, to creating abortion hotlines for people seeking answers to legal questions, to going to court to overturn harmful and archaic anti-abortion laws, and working with the Biden-Harris administration to find ways the federal government can support all of our ongoing efforts to protect abortion access. We do all of this because we believe that every American should have the freedom to control their own lives and bodies.
“No one should be denied health care just because of where they live or how much money they make. But that’s exactly what our Republican counterparts are doing in states across this country. Whether it’s attacking providers or trying to jail patients for accessing basic health care, their relentless efforts to further strip people of their rights will not stop. Let us be clear: as Democratic AGs, Americans can trust that we will always fight for their rights and freedoms to make their own personal medical decisions and push back against any efforts that undermine those rights.”