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Thursday, January 22, 2004

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National Abortion Federation Endorses Freedom of Choice Act

Statement of Vicki Saporta, President of the National Abortion Federation

Washington, DC - Today we join in the celebration of the 31st anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Unfortunately, over the years consistent legislative attacks have chipped away at the very core of Roe. The right to choose means nothing if access to abortion is not a reality.

Just yesterday, a bill (H.R. 1997) specifically designed to undermine the foundation of Roe was passed out of the House Judiciary Committee. We will oppose this bill as we have opposed many other restrictions on the state and federal level that do not respect women's ability to make their own reproductive health care decisions. We will not stand idly by and allow anti-choice legislators to turn back the clock on reproductive freedom.

That is why the National Abortion Federation supports the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA). This bill would restore the freedoms guaranteed in the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. If passed, it would establish a federal law that would guarantee reproductive freedom for future generations of American women, regardless of the actions of the Bush administration and anti-choice leaders in Congress.

We stand with and thank Senator Barbara Boxer and Representative Jerry Nadler for their leadership and determination to ensure that women have access to safe and legal abortion. There is no better way to celebrate the anniversary of Roe than to again guarantee its freedoms for all American women.

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