Statement on Roe v. Wade Repeal

June 24th, 2022

Patrice Snow
[email protected]

Washington, DC – With the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, DC Vote’s communications director Patrice Snow released the following statement:

“Today’s ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade and the right to privacy in health decisions will have a unique impact on the District of Columbia. While the Court held that abortion is up to the states, they also decided that for the people of DC, Congress gets to choose. We, the people of DC, support a woman’s right to their own bodies. Yet, without Statehood, that could be overturned by a Congress in which we have no vote. Only full admission to the Union will ensure that the District’s desire to remain a safe haven will not be trampled by Members of Congress seeking to score political points at home.”

“The Dornan rider, which for far too long has been included in both Democratic and Republican budgets alike, already prevents DC from using funds for abortion care. Every state has the right to do so. There is no assurance, given the removal of Roe’s federal protections, that a full abortion ban will not come to the District of Columbia. It is time to end the injustice and oppression of the people of DC and pass DC Statehood.”