For Immediate Release
January 22, 2019
EMILYs List Statement on Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today marks the 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, which affirmed the right to safe and legal abortion in the United States. Emily Cain, executive director of EMILY's List, released the following statement:
“Forty-six years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that denying women their rights wasn't just dangerous and wrong — it was unconstitutional. Today, these rights are under constant attack by an administration and a Republican Party who would love nothing more than to send women back to January 21, 1973 — when women died seeking reproductive care. It is essential that we work to elect pro-choice Democratic women who will not only fight back against the Republican Party's warped agenda, but who will expand and strengthen women's access to abortion and health care. We cannot go back.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $600 million to elect pro-choice Democratic women candidates. With a grassroots community of over five million members, EMILY's List helps Democratic women win competitive campaigns – across the country and up and down the ballot – by recruiting and training candidates, supporting strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 150 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and nearly 1,100 women to state and local office. Nearly 40 percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. During the historic 2017-2018 cycle, EMILYs List raised a record-breaking $110 million dollars and launched a record independent expenditure campaign. We helped elect 34 new women to the House, including 24 red-to-blue victories; enough seats to have delivered the U.S. House majority alone. Since the 2016 election, more than 40,000 women have reached out to EMILY's List about running for office laying the groundwork for the next decade of candidates for local, state and national offices.