Statement from DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Today, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement:

“We need women of every generation – mine included – to stand up and speak out, and that is the main message I sought to convey in that interview. For many in my generation who lived the majority of our lives with the right to make our own health care choices, there wasn’t a sense of urgency after Roe v. Wade settled our right to a safe and legal abortion. Since then, opponents worked aggressively to chip away at women’s reproductive freedom and they have awakened a sleeping giant in the millennials leading the fight in defense of the progress we’ve made. As a mother raising two millennial daughters, I have instilled in them the need to fight for the rights that generations before theirs have fought so hard to win and protect.

“My goal for the entire Democratic family for 2016 is to see more people get involved in the same way, and to ensure no one is complacent with so much at stake. And remaining vigilant is not only important in our fight to protect and advance women’s equality, it is essential to defend our victories on marriage equality, protections for DREAMers, health care access and even President Obama’s unprecedented job growth. There are 10 months and 2 days between now and Election Day, and I’ll continue to encourage everyone who shares our Party’s values to roll up their sleeves and stand up every single day to the extreme and out-of-touch Republican candidates who want to drag America backwards.”