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Women Winning statement on the 51st Anniversary of Roe vs. Wade

Saint Paul, Minn. (January 22, 2024) – Today, Women Winning, Minnesota’s largest women’s political organization, recognizes and commemorates the landmark Supreme Court case Roe vs. Wade on the 51st anniversary of the ruling. 

In 1973, Roe vs. Wade recognized that Americans have a constitutional right to make decisions about their own reproductive health, and that the government should not be able to interfere in the health outcomes of its people. Roe stands as a pivotal moment in the fight for reproductive rights, and established a legal precedent for access to safe and legal abortion services in the United States until it was struck down in 2022.

“As we reflect on the 51st anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, we are reminded of the importance of the need to protect the autonomy and dignity of individuals making decisions about their own bodies,” said Nevada Littlewolf, Women Winning Executive Director. “We continue to mourn and dissent the end of Roe–an appalling decision delivered from an activist court with dire implications for the American people. We also recognize that while Minnesota remains an island of choice in the Upper Midwest, that legality and access are not synonymous, and we have a long journey ahead to achieve equitable outcomes for all Minnesotans. We look forward to continuing working to elect pro-choice champions up and down the ballot in 2024 who will work to expand legality and access across the state.”

Women Winning has been working for more than 40 years to elect pro-choice women to all levels of public office, from park board to President of the United States. In that time, Women Winning has raised and contributed millions of dollars to pro-choice women’s campaigns, endorsed thousands of candidates, and has more than tripled the number of pro-choice women elected officials in Minnesota. The organization’s targeted endorsement program centers on competitive districts for pro-choice women candidates with the goal of electing a truly representative government and creating a more equitable Minnesota. Women Winning will work to continue electing pro-choice women to all levels of government in 2024, with the goal of impacting abortion policy in Minnesota and in Washington.

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About Women Winning

Women Winning was established in 1982 by a multi-partisan group of 25 women determined to increase the number of pro-choice women in public office. With more than 19,000 statewide members, Women Winning is Minnesota’s largest women’s political organization.

Women Winning’s mission is to recruit, train, and elect pro-choice women to all levels of public office. The organization runs a smart, strategic, and targeted political program focused on competitive districts for pro-choice women candidates with the goal of increasing the number of pro-choice women serving in public office. Women Winning offers robust, formal training, mentorship, and support from the time a pro-choice woman first considers a run for office to election day.

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