WASHINGTON, D.C. — Democratic Lieutenant Governors led efforts across the country to stand up and speak out to protect abortion rights on yesterday’s anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision.
In Wisconsin, nurse and Lt. Gov. Sara Rodriguez hosted a roundtable to discuss the fight to restore and protect access to abortion in 2024. She also joined Vice President Kamala Harris to commemorate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade decision and highlight how abortion rights are on the ballot in 2024.
DLGA Chair Peggy Flanagan underscored how stakes of this year’s election when it comes to reproductive freedom, noting that Donald Trump said ‘he got rid of’ Roe and he’s proud of it.
In Michigan, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist held an event speaking out against Trump’s abortion ban and the need to protect abortion. Illinois Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton released an op-ed highlighting the disproportionate impact that abortion bans have on Black women and calling on Illinoisans to stay in the fight against abortion bans and to protect constitutional freedoms. Connecticut Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz honored the anniversary at an event with activists and state leaders.
See the highlights below:
On the 51st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, a group of Democratic elected officials held a media event to talk about what they say is a threat to access to abortion posed by Donald Trump.
U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Rep. Hillary Scholten, D-Grand Rapids, and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist all warned of what they called “Trump’s abortion ban.”
Joined by some Democratic state lawmakers, Gilchrist said that the people of Michigan had made clear their position when it comes to abortion and access to such services.
“The voters of Michigan spoke with a very clear voice when they said that the choice about how to grow a family, the choice about whether to bear a child, the choice about bringing a child into this world belongs to the woman and the woman alone, belongs to a woman in consultation with whom she chooses to consult with, her healthcare provider, her family. Because it’s her future, her choice,” he said.
Remarks from Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz echoed frustrations from advocates of Roe v. Wade.
“To see the last five decades of progress in women’s equality further chipped away is incredibly disappointing and downright infuriating,” said Bysiewicz.