Richmond, VA – The Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade:
“Today is a sad day for women across our Commonwealth and our Country. The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade is the biggest attack on women’s rights in my lifetime and will set women back decades. Over 49 years ago, Roe v. Wade established a woman’s constitutional right to make decisions about her own health and body, and now after relentless Republican attacks, the Supreme Court has overturned this landmark ruling – allowing states to criminalize abortion, even prosecute women and doctors.
“One thing is clear: we must elect those who will protect that right and stop those who try to turn back the clock to the 1950s. Virginia Democrats are 100% deeply committed to protecting Virginians' right to an abortion – and ensuring that the Commonwealth will not be pushed back to the restrictions of the 1950s when it comes to women’s equality. We will fight every single effort put forward by Governor Youngkin and Republican leadership to criminalize abortion in the Commonwealth and will ensure that Virginia remains a safe haven for reproductive health care. Virginians will have access to the health care and reproductive health care they need.”