• Press Release

EMILYs List Statement Commemorating 51 Years Since Roe v. Wade Decision

January 22, 2024


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today marks 51 years since Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision from the U.S. Supreme Court to protect abortion as a constitutional right. In June 2022, that decision was overturned, eliminating this constitutional right for the first time in U.S. history. EMILYs List Interim President Jessica Mackler released the following statement:
“Today is a grim reminder that we have fewer rights than we did 51 years ago. While Republicans celebrate, we know that overturning Roe v. Wade was just the beginning for them – they will not rest until abortion is completely banned across the nation. 

“Voters have been clear that they want abortion protected, but Republicans don’t care about the will of the people. They want to be the ones making your personal medical decisions. Whether it’s passing total abortion bans, criminalizing reproductive care, or preventing doctors from providing lifesaving medical care, Republicans are playing politics with our bodies, lives, and futures. 

“EMILYs List was built for this moment and we were built to do hard things. From now until November 2024, we’re going to do what we do best: helping to elect Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot who stand with the American people and will defend our fundamental freedoms. 

“In the most consequential election year of our lives, it’s time we send a message to Republicans that’s too loud to ignore. Abortion is on the ballot, and we will see you at the polls.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, works to elect Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot and across the country with a goal of fighting for our rights and our communities. Our work is centered around a fundamental vision: Run. Win. Change the World. EMILYs List has raised $850 million in service to that vision and has helped Democratic women win competitive elections by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running one of the largest independent expenditure operations for Democrats, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country’s first woman as vice president, 175 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 20 governors, and over 1,500 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Visit www.emilyslist.org for more information.