Statement from Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey in Commemoration of 50 Years Since the Roe v Wade Decision
PITTSBURGH — Mayor Ed Gainey released the following statement in commemoration of 50 years since the Roe v Wade decision:
“50 years ago Roe v. Wade was decided to protect Americans’ right to access reproductive healthcare.
“But, since Dobbs, the right to bodily autonomy for women, trans men, non-binary, and disabled people is under attack — stripping them of their fundamental right to privacy.
“I want to be very clear – Abortion is healthcare – and Abortion is still legal here in Pittsburgh and in Pennsylvania. We must ensure that people can make decisions about their bodies, their lives, and their futures.
“I want everyone to know that we are ready to welcome those who need an abortion and that I will do whatever I can to protect and defend your right to do so.
“I want to say thank you to Planned Parenthood Western Pennsylvania, New Voices for Reproductive Justice, Western PA Fund for Choice, Allegheny Reproductive Health Center, and to all the providers and caregivers who are providing this life-saving and critical healthcare at a moment of great need.
“All of our fights are connected, from abortion rights to disability rights to LGBTQIA+ rights to racial and economic justice, we must stand together right here, and right now – rise up, and demand a better future.
“We must recommit ourselves to the work of making America more just and equal for everyone — and that means championing Reproductive Justice here in Pittsburgh.”