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(Washington, D.C.) – Monday, January 22 marks the 34th anniversary of the historic Supreme Court Decision to constitutionally guarantee access to safe and legal reproductive choice in the United States.

Senator Murray released the following statement:

"As we mark the anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, we must not forget that reproductive choice is still under attack across our country and in Washington, D.C.

"Over the past six years we have watched the implementation of a systematic agenda to erode reproductive freedoms for women both in the U.S. and overseas. And the President has made it clear that anti-choice forces have a friend in the White House.

"We all want to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies in our country, but limiting health care and education options, will only produce the opposite effect.

"That's why I am proud to be a sponsor of the Prevention First Act – to improve access to safe and affordable family planning options as well as educational programs to reduce unintended pregnancies and improve health care for women across our country.

"I am also proud to have worked with my colleague Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) to press the FDA for a long overdue decision on the over-the-counter access status of the emergency contraceptive, Plan B. And I am pleased to be part of a new Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate that understands that freedom of choice is essential to women's health.

"Access to a broad range of education and health options – from family planning to prenatal care – are fundamental to women's health and to the well-being of our communities. I will continue to work to reduce unintended pregnancies by expanding access to safe and affordable family planning alternatives."