New York lawmakers react to the end of Roe v. Wade
The Supreme Court issued a decision Friday that overturns Roe vs Wade, ending the constitutional right to an abortion. State leaders are now reacting to ruling that ends the five-decades-old decision and talking about the future of reproductive rights in New York.
1. Governor Kathy Hochul
Today the Supreme Court rolled back the rights of millions of Americans, disregarding their interests and — more importantly — their lives.— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) June 24, 2022
Access to abortion is a fundamental human right, and it remains safe, accessible, and legal in New York.
2. State Senator Rachel May
Women have relied on the freedom to control their reproductive journeys for half a century. Today’s decision pulls that fundamental right out from under millions of women in this country. pic.twitter.com/JQ4uXJLFPF— Senator Rachel May (@RachelMayNY) June 24, 2022
3. New York Attorney General Letitia James
The #SupremeCourt just destroyed 50 years of progress by overturning Roe v. Wade, and put the health and lives of millions across the U.S. into question.— Tish James (@TishJames) June 24, 2022
To those defending abortion rights and those scared of the future: I will always use the power of my office to fight for you.
4. Senator Chuck Schumer
Today is one of the darkest days our country has ever seen— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) June 24, 2022
American women are having their rights taken by 5 unelected Justices on the extremist MAGA court
These justices—appointed by Republicans and presiding without accountability—have stolen the fundamental right to abortion
5. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
When you take away someone's ability to make their own decisions about their own body, they are no longer a citizen. They no longer have freedom, bodily autonomy, or basic civil rights. That's the America that the Supreme Court's decision overturning #RoeVWade just created. https://t.co/ojjfvfaQp0— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) June 24, 2022
6. Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado
Let me be clear: Regardless of today's ruling, NY will remain a safe harbor for women. Here, because of legislation @KathyHochul signed into law, abortion is a right. Here, women control their own bodies and make their own health care decisions. Abortion is safe and it is legal.— Antonio Delgado (@DelgadoforNY) June 24, 2022
7. State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Today’s abhorrent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade marks a stark new chapter in our American story. We cannot understate the life-altering effect this will have not only on millions of women today, but on the safety and freedom of those for generations to come.— Sen. Stewart-Cousins (@AndreaSCousins) June 24, 2022
8. State Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt
Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court returns authority over reproductive health laws where they belong — to the states.— Rob Ortt (@SenatorOrtt) June 24, 2022
Read my full statement 🗞👇 pic.twitter.com/kAq9na8AhN
9. Speaker of the New York State Assembly Carl Heastie
This is a horrifying step backwards for our country, and an attack on women, their bodily autonomy and their ability to make potentially lifesaving health care decisions.— Carl E. Heastie (@CarlHeastie) June 24, 2022
This story is subject updates as more information becomes available.