Mar 7, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Why Democratic women wore white to Biden's State of the Union

House Democrats in the House Chamber ahead of a State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, US, on Thursday, March 7, 2024.

House Democrats at Congress ahead of President Biden's State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday. Photo: Julia Nikhinson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Members of the Democratic Women's Caucus dressed in white and wore pins stating "Fighting for Reproductive Freedom" during President Biden's third State of the Union address on Thursday.

The big picture: DWC members previously wore white, which symbolizes women's suffrage, during States of the Union by then-President Trump.

  • This time, on the eve of International Women's Day, they're highlighting the fight for women's reproductive rights in the U.S.
  • Reproductive rights advocates say some conservative states have been emboldened by the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade and effectively ending federal abortion protections, and are now targeting in vitro fertilization treatments.

Context: Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) on Wednesday signed into law a bill designed to protect IVF patients and doctors from prosecution on Wednesday, following a state Supreme Court ruling that said frozen embryos are considered unborn children.

What they're saying: "Our message is clear: women must be able to access the health care they need to control their own lives and futures," DWC Chair Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) said in a statement.

  • "That means women, not politicians, should be in charge of whether, when, and how to start or grow their families. That includes access to birth control, access to abortion, and access to IVF."

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