On the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we reaffirm its historic commitment to protect the health and reproductive freedom of women across this country and stand by its guiding principle: that government should not intrude on our most private family matters, and women should be able to make their own choices about their bodies and their health care. Today and every day, my Administration continues our efforts to reduce unintended pregnancies, support maternal and child health, and minimize the need for abortion. On this anniversary, we recommit ourselves to supporting women and families in the choices they make and redouble our efforts to promote safe and healthy communities.

President Obama on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade

If Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate, Representative Paul Ryan, were to win next month’s election, the harm to women’s reproductive rights would extend far beyond the borders of the United States.

In this country, they would support the recriminalization of abortion with the overturning of Roe v. Wade, and they would limit access to contraception and other services. But they have also promised to promote policies abroad that would affect millions of women in the world’s poorest countries, where lack of access to contraception, prenatal care and competent help at childbirth often results in serious illness and thousands of deaths yearly. And the wreckage would begin on Day 1 of a Romney administration.

The New York Times: “A World of Harm for Women
Cecile Richards in Virginia today, with her choice for President:

"Women are crystal clear that Mitt Romney would not only set us back four years—he’d set us back 40 years in America.
There’s three things you need to know about Mitt Romney:
No. 1: Mitt Romney said he’d be “delighted” to sign a bill that would overturn Roe v. Wade—putting politicians, and not women, in charge of our personal health care decisions and ending a constitutional right we’ve had for nearly 40 years in America.
No. 2: Mitt Romney said he supported a bill that would let any employer refuse women birth control coverage and insurance plans.
No. 3: Mitt Romney has pledged to get rid of Planned Parenthood—the largest affordable women’s health care provider in America.”

Cecile Richards in Virginia today, with her choice for President:

"Women are crystal clear that Mitt Romney would not only set us back four years—he’d set us back 40 years in America.

There’s three things you need to know about Mitt Romney:

No. 1: Mitt Romney said he’d be “delighted” to sign a bill that would overturn Roe v. Wade—putting politicians, and not women, in charge of our personal health care decisions and ending a constitutional right we’ve had for nearly 40 years in America.

No. 2: Mitt Romney said he supported a bill that would let any employer refuse women birth control coverage and insurance plans.

No. 3: Mitt Romney has pledged to get rid of Planned Parenthood—the largest affordable women’s health care provider in America.”

Mr. Romney has called for overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that recognized a woman’s constitutional right to make her own childbearing decisions and to legalized abortion nationwide. He has said that the issue should be thrown back to state legislatures. The actual impact of that radical rights rollback is worth considering.

It would not take much to overturn the Roe decision. With four of the nine members of the Supreme Court over 70 years old, the next occupant of the White House could have the opportunity to appoint one or more new justices. If say, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the oldest member, retired and Mr. Romney named a replacement hostile to abortion rights, the basic right to abortion might well not survive.

The New York Times: “If Roe v. Wade Goes