Washington D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined the Democratic Women’s Caucus, the Pro-Choice Caucus and advocates for a press event in response to the assault on Roe v. Wade. Below are the Speaker’s remarks:
Speaker Pelosi: Thank you very much, Brenda Lawrence. I thank you and Jackie Speier and Lois Frankel for your leadership of the Democratic Women’s Caucus, as Co-Chairs, and Barbara Lee and Diana DeGette and Terry Sewell as the Pro-Choice Caucus leaders as well. There are many speakers here today, so I’m going to be brief. Now, they all say that, and then they go on and on. Let me try.
I want to thank the groups that represent women across America who could not succeed without your outside mobilization. We can do so much with our inside maneuvering, but your outside mobilization, you made the difference to passing the ACA, to beating the monstrosity of Trumpcare now and defending a woman’s right to choose.
Now, let me just name some of them: Ilyse Hogue from NARAL, Jessica Pinckney from In our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda; Dr. Leana Wen, President of Planned Parenthood; Destiny Lopez, co-director of All Above All; Kimberly Inez McGuire, Unite for Reproductive Gender Equity. Thank you, thank you.
Now, I just want to add to the list of disrespect for women that Congresswoman Lee – Chairwoman Lee put forth, that is, all the things that you said but, en masse – the Republicans voted against equal pay for equal work, they voted against the Violence Against Women Act – really?
So this is about respect for women, this is about respect for women and too long to take, but if you could take a look at some mistakes of the judges that were just passed, recently, in the Senate, what they said, not just about terminating pregnancy, but about family planning, understand this: this agenda is about not just that they like to frame it in a way that is frightening for some people because of the mischaracterizations. But the fact is, they are against family planning, funding for family planning, respect for women and families to make their own choices about the size and timing of their families.
So, when people say it’s a reason for women to be fearful because of Roe v. Wade, yes, but we are not fearmongers, we are hope-vendors and what we are saying is there’s a lot at stake.
The most transformative moment in our country’s history, in recent history, is the Women’s March. Women marched, women ran, women voted, women won and women will speak out about their own personal freedom. So, I just leave you with a thought: whatever they cook up, we don’t agonize, we organize!
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